Originally from Montana, Betty Wilkins graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1938 in a class of 17 students. She was the only woman to be admitted to the Washington State Bar the following year, along with 16 men.
The headline in the Seattle paper in 1939 was "15 Men and Girl Admitted to Bar." Betty is quoted as saying, "Even if you don't intend to practice law, legal training can be valuable as background."
But, Betty did practice, and she did use her legal training in her years of work in the Gallagher Law Library.
She married one of her law school classmates, Leslie Wilkins. She was in the first graduating class of the University of Washington Law Librarianship Program in 1940.