Marilla M. Ricker (1840-1920) was an American lawyer, abolitionist, suffragist, and women’s rights advocate. She passed the bar exam in Washington D.C. in 1882, becoming the first woman from New Hampshire to be admitted to an organized bar association. Ricker remained in D.C. to practice law; it being illegal for women to practice in her own state. This circumstance enabled her to be the first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ricker returned to her home state to change the minds of the N.H. Supreme Court and allow women to be admitted to bar associations in 1890. She also ran for Governor of New Hampshire in 1910, even though it was illegal for women to vote.

She did not submit a letter for the "Why I Am An Atheist" campaign initiated by the Blue Grass Blade, but her “Why I Am An Agnostic” essay is included in her book I Don’t Know, Do You? . Today, the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association presents the “Marilla M. Ricker Award” to women lawyers that demonstrate professional excellence in legal issues regarding women.

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Published on January 05, 2012 21:01 • 867 views • Tags: agnosticism, america, atheism, feminism, new-hampshire, suffrage, u-s-history, usa

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