Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin's Women Lawyers--Past and Present

Women Lawyers History and Individual Biographies


Read More About It

"Pioneers in the Law: The First 150 Women"

"Lavinia Goodell, "First Woman Lawyer in Wisconsin," Wisconsin Magazine of History, by Catherine B. Cleary.


Vocabulary:

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Interesting Fact:

In 1891, Kate Pier became the first woman to argue a case before the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, 16 years after Rhoda Goodell was denied that right. Kate's mother and her two sisters all earned law degrees from the University of Wisconsin.


Study Questions:

  • Who was the first woman in Wisconsin to practice law and in what year?
  • Who was the first woman judge in Wisconsin and in what year?
  • Who was Edward Ryan and what were his opinions about women becoming lawyers?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about pioneer women lawyers and judges:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 8:

    1782: The Gnadenhutten massacre takes place in Ohio.
    1999: Baseball star Joe DiMaggio dies.



  • March 8

    March 8, 1877: The Wisconsin Legislature passed an act providing "no person shall be denied a license to practice law in the courts of the state on account of sex."


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