Charlotte E. Ray
January 13, 1850/New York City, New York
January 04, 1911/Woodside, New York
Lawyer, educator, African-American civil and women’s rights activist
What Makes Her Bitchin’:
In 1872, Charlotte E. Ray graduated from the Howard University School of Law, subsequently becoming the first African-American female lawyer. The first woman admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, Charlotte struggled against persistent discrimination due to her gender and race. Unable to draw a steady stream of clients, she practiced law for only a couple of years. Charlotte eventually relocated to New York City where she became a teacher.
Betcha’ Didn’t Know:
Charlotte was the first woman permitted to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
For more about this litigating lady, check-out :
Charlotte E. Ray (biography.com)
Ray, Charlotte E. (1850-1911) (BlackPast.org)