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Ballots for Belva by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
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Jan 04, 11

bookshelves: 5012, children-non-fiction, historical, lawyers, picture-books, strong-female-character
Read in January, 2011

In 1869 at the age of 39, Belva Lockwood decided to enter law school. One problem: Law Universities did not accept women. Belva set out to change that and was accepted in National University Law School. But, the school made it difficult for the young women who were admitted...only Belva and one other woman made it through the courses in order to graduate. One small mountail moved.

In 1884, Belva decided to run for president, even though women could not vote. But, her determination and fiestiness was Belva's greatest strength. She got her name on the ballot, ran for president and according to historical records she received anywhere between 4149 and 4711 votes. Many of her votes were thrown out as the counters didn't believe a woman should for president. But, Belva did. Another small mountain moved.

Belva was the first woman to graduate from law school, to practice law in Federal Courts, argue a case before The Supreme Court and run for president. More mountains moved. Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency is an inspirational true story about a determined and fiesty young woman who had a small part in changing the voting laws for woman in the United States.
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