Women Allowed To Practice Law In Federal Courts

1879

Denied the right to practice law in Washington, D.C., Belva Lockwood drafts legislation that would allow women to practice law in federal courts and lobbied for it in Congress. Her lobbying will pay off after three years when Congress passes her proposal. Lockwood later will run for president of the United States, in 1884 and 1888, as the nominee of the Equal Rights Party, although neither she nor other women can vote.