Portia Ante Portas: Women and the Legal Profession in Europe, ca. 1870-1925

  title={Portia Ante Portas: Women and the Legal Profession in Europe, ca. 1870-1925},
  author={J. Albisetti},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={825 - 857}
  • J. Albisetti
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Social History
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