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Author Jill Norgren presentation on Belva Lockwood at WRNHP

In her recently published book “Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President,” prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts, for the first time, the life story of one of the 19th century’s most surprising and accomplished advocates for women’s rights. Lockwood was Washington’s first prominent female lawyer and ran for President in 1884 and 1888 as the National Equal Rights Party candidate.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Norgren talked about Lockwood’s life and signed copies of her book on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. She also explained the feud that developed over the years between Lockwood and suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Norgren is a writer and professor emerita of government and law at City University of New York.