WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, March 14th. This month in 1879 marked a milestone in women's history and the opportunities available to them. Earlier, President Rutherford Hayes signed a congressional act "to relieve certain legal disabilities of women." So in March, the act's leading champion, 49-year-old Belva A. Lockwood, became the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, which she did in 1880. Lockwood was one of about 75 female attorneys in 1880. By 1890, there were only 208 in a national total of 89,600 lawyers. Today, there are more than 1.1 million lawyers, judges, judicial law clerks and other judicial workers, with more than 34 percent of them women. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4638
Belva Lockwood biography/accessed 1/5/2016: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2005/spring/belva-lockwood-1.html
1880 women: Fordham University School of Law: A History/page 42
1890 attorney stats: 1902 Statistical Abstract of the United States/t. 178/pg. 495
Lawyers, judges and law clerks/workers: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_B24010&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-census-bureau-daily-feature-for-march-14-court-appearance-300231050.html
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau