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Diversity Through Time: 1930s to 1940s

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Female students in what is then called the School of Business Administration – today the Rutgers Business School -- begin to enroll in the school’s bachelor’s program; previously women only undertook its secretarial certification program. Some women are enrolled in the University of Newark Law School. The student body remains primarily comprised of the children of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants.


In the late 1940s the Rutgers Law School graduates two African-American female students, M. Bernadine Johnson Marshall and Martha Belle Williams. In 1949 the two become the first African-American women admitted to the New Jersey Bar.


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