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Here’s to Belva Ann Lockwood

By on October 26, 2014

Here’s to Belva Ann Lockwood. You may have thought the idea of a woman standing for president of the United States is a new idea. But Belva Ann Lockwood stood for president twice, in 1884 and again in 1888. Although she was not elected she did become the first woman admitted to practice in front of the Supreme Court, and she spearheaded legislation to grant equal pay for equal work for federal employees. Or in the words of Steve Jobs…

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.

Here’s to Belva Ann Lockwood, who showed us how to live 100 years ahead of our time.

In 1884, Belva Lockwood was chosen as their candidate for United States president by the National Equal Rights Party. Even if women could not vote, men could vote for a woman. The vice presidential candidate chosen was Marietta Stow. Victoria Woodhull had been a candidate for president in 1870, but the campaign was mostly symbolic; Belva Lockwood ran a full campaign. She charged audiences admission to hear her speeches as she traveled around the country. Read more…

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