Iowa lawmaker seeks statue of first female lawyer
DES MOINES (AP) — When she passed the Iowa bar in 1869, Arabella Mansfield became the nation’s first female lawyer, and now an Iowa lawmaker wants to honor that achievement by placing a statue of the legal pioneer in the U.S. Capitol.
Democratic state Rep. Mary Mascher introduced a bill Wednesday that calls for placing a statue of Mansfield in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Mansfield was born in Burlington in 1846, and lived in Mount Pleasant when she studied at her brother’s law office and then passed the bar.
Mansfield also was chairwoman of the first Iowa Suffrage Association Convention in 1870, which sought equal voting rights and educational opportunities. Iowa woman didn’t win full voting rights until passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
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