Congress grants woman attorneys the right to argue cases before the Supreme Court

(85 words)

Historical Context Note

American equal rights activist and lawyer Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (24th October, 1830 - 19th May, 1917) was the first woman to be granted the right to argue cases before the US Supreme Court. Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States, and in the 1870s she repeatedly petitioned Congress for the same right to practice as male lawyers. In 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes (4th October, 1822 - 17th January 1893) signed a law allowing all qualified women lawyers to practice in any federal court.

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.