Emma M. Gillett (1852- 1927)
Emma M. Gillett became interested in practicing law after working ten years as a teacher. Pioneering lawyer Belva Lockwood allowed Gillett to study pension law as an apprentice at her offices until Gillett was accepted to Howard Law School. Upon graduation, Gillett practiced Real Estate and Pension Law. President James A. Garfield appointed her as the first female notary public in the U.S. in 1881. In 1890 she became the seventh woman to join the Supreme Court bar. To help other women, Gillett created a club to help young women further their education. Gillett and a colleague opened the first law school in the world founded by women in 1898 - the Washington College of Law.
- Article is excerpted from the NWHM Summer 2006 Newsletter
- Image is from the Washington College of Law