Janet Mary Riley: Women and Social Justice

Monroe Library, Loyola University


Janet Mary Riley was the first woman to hold a full-time law school faculty position in New Orleans and is credited with helping to change Louisiana law to make women equal partners in their marriages.  Mentees who worked with her included activists such as Clay Latimer and Mindy Milam on the repeal of the Head and Master Law, as well as countless female and male attorneys who have worked in many endeavors concerned with social justice from the 1960s to the present.  

Though Riley did not define herself as a second wave feminist, by today's standards she was a quiet but fierce civil rights advocate and tireless women's rights supporter.

The Janet Mary Riley Papers reflect Riley's academic career at Loyola University as the first female law professor in New Orleans.  Much is
dedicated to her successful efforts to revise Louisiana's community property laws to give women equal management of the community with their spouses.

The Janet Mary Riley Letters - http://www.antenna.works/letters-read-janet-mary-riley/

Thursday, June 28
6:00-7:30pm at Loyola University Special Collections & Archives
J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, 3rd Floor
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Open to the public; free admission.


Janet Mary Riley: An Angel With Teeth was the subject of a lecture by Janet Allured, on April 11 in the Monroe Library.  

About the Exhibit

October 2017 - June 30, 2018

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