A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

By: Kate Hannigan

Illustrator: Alison Jay

Here is a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, a lawyer, activist, and first female presidential candidate, in 1884. Author’s note. Photograph of Belva Lockwood. Time line. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations done in oil paint with crackle varnish.

ISBN: 9781629794532

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Belva Lockwood (1830–1917) , Equality for women , Women’s rights , US presidential elections , Running for president , Nineteenth-century US history

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An early proponent of equal rights for women, Belva Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first to argue (and win) a case before the Supreme Court. Facing nonstop opposition, she campaigned for equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal rights to vote and hold office for white women and people of color An early proponent of equal rights for women, Belva Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first to argue (and win) a case before the Supreme Court. Facing nonstop opposition, she campaigned for equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal rights to vote and hold office for white women and people of color. (“Belva helped poor widows, Civil War veterans, and freed slaves for what they deserved.”) Hannigan thoroughly details Lockwood’s many triumphs, beginning with her childhood and young adult years, and concluding with her unsuccessful, though impressive, run for president. The narrative concentrates mainly on her professional accomplishments; much of her personal life is noted in the time line. Nearly each page offers a quote from Lockwood’s speeches and writings and most resonate with today’s political climate; however, the script font used for these quotes may challenge readers. A time line provides dates and pertinent facts about the subject and the accomplishments of other women in law and politics (Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O’Connor, etc.). VERDICT Lockwood’s struggles against great odds in the name of freedom are well outlined in this work. A fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9781629794532

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 780L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Calkins Creek

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Belva Lockwood (1830–1917), Equality for women, Women’s rights, US presidential elections, Running for president, Nineteenth-century US history,

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