Today in History: March 03, 1879

Woman Admitted to Practice Before High Court

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood is sworn in to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and will become the first female lawyer to practice before the high court. Lockwood spent three years lobbying Congress to pass a law “to relieve certain legal disabilities of women” and allow female lawyers to appear before federal courts. A lawyer, pacifist, author and women’s rights activist, Lockwood will run for president in 1884 and 1888 as a candidate of the Equal Rights Party.