Belva Lockwood Quotes:- Belva Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 19, 1917) was an American lawyer, politician, educator, and author who was active in the women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements. She was one of the first women lawyers in the United States, and in 1879 she became the first woman to be admitted to practice law before the U.S.
Supreme Court. Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888 on the ticket of the National Equal Rights Party and was the first woman to appear on official ballots.
While Victoria Woodhull is commonly cited as the first woman to run for president, she was not old enough to run, unlike Lockwood. Lockwood overcame many social and personal obstacles related to gender restrictions. Earlier in her life, Lockwood was a teacher and school principal, working to equalize pay for women in education. She supported the movement for world peace and was a proponent of the Temperance movement.
Belva Ann Bennett was born in Royalton, New York, the daughter of Lewis Johnson Bennett, a farmer, and his wife Hannah Green. Her aunt’s house where she spent some of her childhood still stands at 5070 Griswold Street. In front of this house is a memorial to her with a plaque that gives a brief biography of her life. By 14, she was teaching at the local elementary school. In 1848, when she was 18, she married Uriah McNall, a local farmer.
Inspirational Belva Lockwood Quotes
“The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.”
“I know we can’t abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation.”
“No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals.”
“I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere.”