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Test Your Knowledge About Women’s Legal History in the U.S.

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


In honor of Women’s History Month, see what you know – and learn a little more – about women’s legal history in the United States.  Did you know that...

  • The first state to permit (at least some) women to hold property in their name was Mississippi – in 1839?
  • In 1873, the Supreme Court ruled that states could prohibit married women from the practice of law?
  • The first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court was not a lawyer and was an African-American who had once been enslaved, named Lucy Terry Prince?
  • Some women had the right to vote at the founding of the United States?
  • The first states to grant women the right to vote were in the West, beginning in Wyoming (in 1890 when it became a state, having already granted the right since 1869 when it was a territory)
  • The first Latina-American to serve in Congress is retiring this term after serving since 1989, and not until 2016 were the first Asian-American women elected to Congress?
  • Ida B. Wells, the anti-lynching activist, participated in the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington DC and set up suffrage clubs for African-American women?
  • Constance Baker Motley was the first African-American woman to become a federal judge, in 1966.

Join us for this is fun, fact-filled presentation about women’s legal rights as well as women in the legal profession and women as lawmakers. 

Registration Categories:
BBA Member – Free. Included as part of your membership.
Non-Member - $100.00

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):


  • Andrea C. Kramer
  • Martsyl Joseph
    • Committee for Public Counsel Services - Roxbury



Carolyn Barrett


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