Harriet Bouslog

Harriet Bouslog, 2003

Harriet Bouslog was one of a handful of women lawyers practicing in Hawai‘i during the 1940s and 50s who became a champion for the working class. With her law partner, Myer Symonds, she represented the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), fighting for fair labor laws and wages for the people of Hawai‘i. She was instrumental in ending the death penalty in the territory, and her efforts and public comments during the Hawai‘i Seven trial of alleged Communists led to her disbarment, and her subsequent reinstatement after a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court. Brilliant, vivacious, and controversial, Harriet Bouslog was one of Hawai‘i’s great defenders of human rights and dignity.

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