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Women and the Law News

Posted on: Mar 1, 2018

In recognition of the tremendous contributions that women have made to our great nation, state and Indianapolis community, please join the Women and Law Division in celebrating March – Women’s History Month! On Tuesday, March 6 the WLD will launch this year’s mentoring program at the WLD Mentoring Program Kick-Off Luncheon, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center.

March Highlights in US Women’s History:
March 1: this date in history March 1, 1978 – Women’s History Week is first observed in Sonoma County, California
For March highlights in US Women’s History and March birthdays, go here.

WLD March Women’s History weekly quiz:

  1. Q: Who was the first Indiana female attorney? A: Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield. In September of 1875, Bessie Eaglesfield was admitted “to practice law in all the courts of justice” by Vigo Circuit Court Judge Chambers Y. Patterson following a motion by Terre Haute attorney, William Mack. At the age of 22, Bessie became the first woman to gain admission to the bar in Indiana and one of a mere fifteen female lawyers in the United States. Learn more about this fearless Indiana lawyer pioneer, well-respected litigator, ship captain, savvy business owner and real estate mogul. (see this article from the WLD Women in the Judiciary Roundtable celebrating the 140th anniversary of Bessie Eaglesfield’s admittance to the bar in Indiana).
  2. Q: Who was the first woman admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar and the first woman to campaign for the presidency of the United States and appear on official ballots? A: Belva Lockwood. Read more about Belva Lockwood, Blazing the Trail for Women in Law by Jill Norgren here.
  3. Q: Who was one of America’s first female public servants? A: Mary Katherine Goddard, Postmistress, and Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor (first female cabinet member). Read about Changing the Boundaries: Women at Work in the Government by Samantha Payne here.

This article was prepared by Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Attorney General. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women and the Law Division, please email Kara Sikorski at


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