Hear a historian's introduction on Lockwood, a women's rights advocate, in a video from a program at the Newseum.
Watch Jill Norgren’s introduction to learn more about Lockwood’s life and legal career. In the video you will hear about Lockwood’s career as a lawyer, the challenges she overcame to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar and her work on women’s suffrage that would ultimately lead to her to run for president.
Norgren is the author of “Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President,” and co-founder of the website www.herhatwasinthering.org. View the website for more information on women who ran for political office before 1920. To view Norgren’s information on the talk, visit her website. Click here to see more on Lockwood from the Newseum collection.
In partnership with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers and the non-profit The Green Bag, Newseum Education hosted a moot court (or re-enactment) of Bradwell v. Illinois (1873). The moot court was planned in honor the life of Belva Lockwood, the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar and thus allowed to argue before the court. The program, featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was held Oct. 18, 2016, at the Newseum.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: Copies of “Belva Lockwood and America’s First Generation of Female Lawyers” worksheet