Belva Lockwood must have driven some people nuts. She didn’t sit down. She didn’t shut up. She studied science and politics when she went to college – against her father’s wishes. She became an attorney when they told her she couldn’t do that, only getting her degree because the college president (Ulysses S. Grant) gave it to her. She argued in front of the Supreme Court after working to get all women the right to practice law in any court. She fought for the vote and reparations for Native Americans removed from their land and even ran for president.
And for many years, she was mostly forgotten. Thanks to this beautiful picture book, maybe that will change.
A Lady has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan and Alison Jay