Cornelia Sorabji(1866-1954), Barrister and Social Reformer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sorabji received a first-class degree from Deccan College, Poona. She was the first woman to be admitted to the college, and the first female graduate from Bombay University also. In 1889, she became the first woman to read law at Oxford University and the first Indian national to study at any British university. Although it was not possible for women to become barristers until 1919, she continued to read law with a solicitors' firm at Lincoln's Inn, until she was called to the bar in 1922. She was the first woman to practise law in India and Britain and she was also actively involved in social reforms. Her publications include India Calling (1934) and India Recalled (1936). She also helped edit Queen Mary`s Book for India (1943).