Myra connects talented women to professional opportunities through speaking engagements and networking events.
Myra is named in honor of Myra Colby Bradwell.
Myra Colby Bradwell should have been the first woman admitted to the Illinois Bar. Denied admission in 1870, she fought to pursue her profession. Her loss at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1873 produced some of the most unfortunate dicta in the Court's history:
The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life... The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator.
So that happened.
Bradwell eventually gained admission, when the Illinois Supreme Court, acting on its own motion, granted her a license twenty years after they denied her the right. While Bradwell lost the opportunity to practice law in the prime of her life, her work as an advocate for women continued. In addition to her leadership in the suffrage movement, Bradwell founded Chicago Legal News, which included a column titled "Law Relating to Women." Her newspaper did more than educate - it provided assistance to women across the nation who were fighting to earn their law license.
We strive to honor Bradwell by using our "occupations of civil life" to educate women about their rights, just as she did over a century ago.
Myra, an all-female troop of Chicago professionals - includes attorneys, artists, educators, authors, entrepreneurs, social workers, political scientists, journalists, mental health professionals, financial planners, non-profit and community leaders - dedicated to closing gaps in knowledge, equality, and justice. Myra matches speakers to companies, organizations, and groups for special events on specific topics. Myra speakers also provide quarterly Community Talks, open to the public, on topics affecting women and their families.
The women of Myra include top professionals in a variety of fields. Need a speaker for an event, seminar, or private party?
Looking for a workshop lead? Myra can help with that, too. Our speakers don’t just stand at the podium. We love to interact with audiences big and small!
Myra is a 501(c)(3) and Illinois Not-for-Profit with tax-exempt status. Our Tax ID is 32-0501156.
Myra does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, immigration status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.