Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- 8 May 2002
- Barrister, Chairperson, Lawyer, Public servant, Solicitor and Women's rights activist
- Alternative Names
- Goodman, Nerida Josephine (married name)
- Neridah (alternative spelling of first name)
Nerida Josephine Cohen (later Goodman) was the second woman (and first Jewish woman) to practise at the New South Wales (NSW) Bar. Amongst her early mentors were Professor Gladys Marks and feminist leaders Jessie Street and Ruby Rich. She was admitted to the NSW bar in 1935.
She built her business steadily throughout the 1930s and 40s, particuarly in the area of divorce and industrial law, because she had an abiding interest in advancing the rights of women in the domestic and industrial spheres.
During WWII, Nerida left the Bar to play a part in the war effort by working firstly with the Women's Employment Board and then with the NSW Department of Labour and Industry as a legal officer. She was chairman of the Council for Women in War Work, which collected records of the achievements of women during the war.
In 1952, she was invited to be the inaugural president of the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales.