OWEGO (WBNG) — A New York trailblazer for women’s rights has been honored by Senator Chuck Schumer.
Belva Lockwood started a series of firsts for women across the country: the first woman to run for president, first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, and more.
Many feel she isn’t recognized as much as she should be. Lockwood was an upstate New York native and taught children in Owego in the 19th century.
Nearly 100 years after women gained the right to vote, she’s now being honored.
“For 100 years after the declaration was signed, not a single woman had been allowed to practice before a Supreme Court but the woman who did is right here from Tioga County,” said Sen. Schumer.
Schumer said he will introduce new legislation to name the Owego Post Office after Lockwood as soon as he returns to Washington.