March is Women’s History Month... and to celebrate, The New York Law Institute will be blogging every Wednesday in March about women’s contributions to various fields of endeavor.
You may know from the latest ABA study that 38 % of attorneys are women….
But did you know that Arabella Mansfield was the first female attorney in the United States ?
You may know that Ketanji Brown Jackson is the latest woman to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice….
You probably also know that there are now 4 women on the U.S. Supreme Court…and that Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed as a Supreme Court Justice..
But did you know that in 1880 Belva Lockwood was the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court? The case was Kaiser v. Stickney (102 US 176).
And did you know that while she lost that case, Lockwood won her next Supreme Court case — U.S. v. Cherokee Nation (202 U.S. 101, 1906). Her legal arguments convinced the Court that the government owed the Cherokee an outstanding balance of $1,111,284.70 subject to fees…..
You probably know that Kamala Harris is the first African-American Woman to serve as Vice President of the United States. But did you know that Ms. Harris was a working lawyer — serving as a D.A. and Attorney General in California before becoming V.P.
And did you know that Brooklyn’s own Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to serve in Congress? And while not an attorney, Ms. Chisholm was motivated by a recognized injustice; It was a court-ordered redistricting that carved a new Brooklyn congressional district out of Chisholm’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that convinced her to run for Congress .
Did you know that Ms. Chisholm was the first African American female candidate for a major-party nomination for President?
You probably know about NYLI’s eBooks, print, research guidance, access to LLMC, ProQuest Congressional, OED & Record & Briefs….
But did you know that you can Join NYLI today!!
& finally, did you know that you can learn more about Women in History, by tuning into our blog every Wednesday in March…. ???