Who is Cornelia Sorabji, todays Google Doodle

Google remembers Bombay University’s first female graduate Cornelia Sorabji on 151st Birth Anniversary

Women lawyers in the city have celebrated birth anniversary of Cornelia Sorabji, first woman advocate of India.She created history by becoming first woman lawyer in 1924. Later, she also became the first Indian woman to study law in 1892 from the Oxford University.

- She was not allowed to defend the women, as the legal system in British India at the time forbade her from doing so. Imagine how hard it would have been for her to achieve such a feat during the early half of the 20th Century, when patriarchy was the mainstream of the country.

Google doodle pays tribute to India's first woman lawyer Cornelia Sorabji

- She enrolled in Deccan College, where she reportedly topped, but was not given a scholarship. Divya Sharma was Somerville's first Cornelia Sorabji Scholar and was soon followed by Navya Jannu. Initially, she spent her childhood in Belgaum and then moved to Pune.

Mumbai Live remembers and pays tribute to such a legend for her struggle and efforts.

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After a few years of social and advisory work, Cornelia began petitioning to the India Office to provide for a female legal advisor to represent women and minors in provincial courts. "So she invented her own desired job description, and obtained the role she wanted of adviser to the government of India on women in purdah". With her unrelenting faith in herself, she not only broke into a tough male stronghold, but also ensured that other women did not have to go through the same grind and could study and practice law freely.

Law - a profession that is dominated by men, women have gone ahead and broken that glass ceiling and taken things head on. These women, who were child brides and widows could not protect their property even after being entitled to it because they could not appoint any lawyer for themselves as all of them were men. She retired from the high court in 1929 and settled in London. In 1904, she was appointed Lady Assistant to the Court of Wards of Bengal and by 1907, due to the need for such representation; Sorabji was working in the provinces of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, and Assam. However, despite her successes, Sorabji would not be recognised as a barrister, unless the law that barred women from practising was changed in 1923. Sorabji is believed to have helped over 600 women and children and often, is believed to have dispensed her service free of charge.

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She wrote a number of books, short stories and articles. She passed away on July 06, 1954, at her home in London.

We laud for Cornelia's spirit and how she fought her battles in a male-dominated world.

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