Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President by Jill Norgren

By Jill Norgren

Foreword by means of U.S. splendid courtroom Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgIn Belva Lockwood: the lady Who will be President, prize-winning criminal historian Jill Norgren recounts, for the 1st time, the existence tale of 1 of the 19th century’s such a lot impressive and entire advocates for women’s rights. As Norgren indicates, Lockwood used to be fearless in confronting the male institution, commanding the eye of presidents, individuals of Congress, influential writers, and daily american citizens. Obscured for too lengthy within the historic shadow of her longtime colleague, Susan B. Anthony, Lockwood steps into the limelight finally during this attractive new biography.Born on a farm in upstate long island in 1830, Lockwood married younger and reluctantly turned a farmer’s spouse. After her husband's untimely dying, although, she earned a school measure, turned a instructor, and moved to Washington, DC with plans to develop into an attorney-an profession all yet closed to girls. not just did she turn into one of many first lady legal professionals within the united states, yet in 1879 turned the 1st girl ever allowed to perform on the bar of the splendid courtroom. In 1884 Lockwood endured her trailblazing methods because the first lady to run an entire crusade for the U.S. Presidency. She ran for President back in 1888. even supposing her candidacies have been unsuccessful (as she knew they'd be), Lockwood validated that girls may compete with males within the political area. After those campaigns she labored tirelessly on behalf of the common Peace Union, hoping, till her dying in 1917, that she, or the association, may win the Nobel Peace Prize.Belva Lockwood merits to be much better recognized. As Norgren notes, it's most likely that Lockwood will be well known at the present time as a feminist pioneer if so much of her own papers had now not been destroyed after her loss of life. thankfully for readers, Norgren stocks a lot of her subject’s tenacity and she or he has ensured Lockwood’s rightful position in heritage with this meticulously researched and fantastically written booklet.

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Woman suffrage. Late in the spring Belva and Griffing, among others, met at the home of James and Julia Holmes and founded the Universal Franchise Association. 1, as well as the recently broken alliance with the abolitionist movement, had convinced them that in order to recruit more supporters, and win legislative battles, they needed to hold regular public meetings where universal suffrage could be defended. This decision was not made lightly. Open meetings courted ridicule and assault. Animosity toward women’s rights was intense.

The unkempt city smelled. Sewage was everywhere, as the streets were neither drained nor graded; most were not paved. 7 Still, the victory of the Union signaled the possibility of an awakening. 8 Belva McNall went to Washington because it was the seat of expanding national power. She was intrigued by politicians, and by their power. Psychologically, the move from Owego to the nation’s capital was far less charged than her journey to college. She was thirty-six, had acquired a small amount of capital from the sale of her Owego school, and, with Lura nearly grown, was free to decide what to do next.

Beyond that, it is not unreasonable to think that she envisioned Lockwood & Lockwood as a stepping stone to a career as an attorney. Although Belva knew very little about Ezekiel’s past she gambled, correctly, that he was a man who would not be threatened by her life as an activist, or her barely suppressed dreams of breaking occupational barriers. Widowed for most of her adult life, Belva had found companionship and the promise of a new vocation. She understood that the family’s financial well-being would ultimately fall on her shoulders.

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