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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Marianne Beth

b. 1889, Vienna; d. 1984, New York

In 1921, Marianne Beth became the first woman in Austria to earn a doctorate in law. She was a university lecturer and wrote frequently on women’s issues. When Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938, her name was removed from the registry of attorneys and Beth, a Jew, left the country and emigrated to the United States. From 1939 to 1945, she taught sociology at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.