Myra Colbywas born on 12 February 1831 in Manchester, Vermont, and raised in Portage, New York and then Schaumberg, Illinois. She married James B. Bradwell in 1851, with whom she had four children, two surviving beyond early childhood. As a pioneering woman lawyer, Bradwell achieved a series of path-breaking professional accomplishments. She was a political activist and journalist who advocated for women's rights in suffrage, employment, and property, as well as for a variety of social reforms, such as treatment of the insane and reform of the standards for participation in the legal profession.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.