An act to relieve certain legal disabilities of women
, 20 Stat. 292 (Feb. 15, 1879):
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Supreme Court. States
of America in Congress assembled, That any woman who shall have been a member of the bar
of the highest court of any State or Territory or of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
for the space of three years, and shall have maintained a good standing before such court, and
who shall be a person of good moral character, shall, on motion, and the production of such
record, be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
On February 15, 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed an act allowing women to argue before the Supreme Court. Suffragette Belva Lockwood had lobbied Congress for this Act and in 1880 she became the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court.