Unusual Landmark

One of the more unusual landmarks to a woman is the full-length ship’s figurehead of Belva Lockwood, an attorney who successfully fought for the right to practice law before the United States Supreme Court in 1879. An advocate of women’s rights and world peace, Lockwood ran for President of the United States in 1884 and 1888, the first woman to appear on official ballots. She once declared: “I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade; or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men; but wish we had more of it everywhere.”  The photo is of the figurehead of Lockwood at the Mystic Seaport Museum that I spotted during a visit several years ago.

Ship's figurehead at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut, of Belva Lockwood, first woman lawyer to practice before the United States Supreme Court

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One Response to Unusual Landmark

  1. Carol Reid says:

    Can you please tell me something about the provenance of this ship figurehead of Belva Lockwood? For example, when it was made and perhaps by whom? Was this work contemporaneous with Lockwood herself, or was it made much later?

    Thanks so much!

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