Suzanne-Jeanne-Charlotte Verbist was de eerste vrouw die rechten studeerde aan de Gentse universiteit en de eerste advocate aan de Antwerpse balie.
Suzanne Lilar, née Verbist, was a Flemish Belgian essayist, novelist, and playwright writing in French. She trained as a philosopher and lawyer, and was the first woman in her country to receive a law degree. She became the wife of the Belgian Minister of Justice Albert Lilar and mother of the writer Françoise Mallet-Joris and the art historian Marie Fredericq-Lilar. Her 1960 novel La confession anonyme (The Anonymous Confession) was adapted as a film called Benvenuta in 1983. She also wrote two autobiographical books, Une enfance gantoise (A Ghent Childhood, 1976) and À la recherche d’une enfance (In Search of a Childhood, 1979).