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Lodi in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Laura de Force Gordon

1838 - 1907

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 15, 2015
1. Laura de Force Gordon Marker
Inscription. A famous womens' rights activist, she began speaking on behalf of womens' rights in 1868. Laura ran for the California State Senate in 1871, long before women could vote. In 1873 she bought the first of several newspapers which she used as a forum to advance womens' rights. In 1878 Laura and Clara S. Foltz were the first women admitted to Hastings Law School and then to the bar in California. In 1901, after years of activism, Laura retired to her farm in Lodi.

Dedicated October 11, 1997
Tuleburgh Chapter #69
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1997 by E Clampus Vitus Tuleburgh Chapter #69.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 8.071′ N, 121° 16.644′ W. Marker is in Lodi, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker is at the intersection of West Pine Street and North Lee Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 West Pine Street, Lodi CA 95240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woman's Club of Lodi (a few steps from this marker); Hotel Lodi (approx. 0.2
Laura de Force Gordon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 15, 2015
2. Laura de Force Gordon Marker
The marker is just barely visible here, mounted on brick on the right side of the building, just above the mailbox and below the column.
miles away); The First A&W Root Beer (approx. ¼ mile away); City Hall, Fire House and Jail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hale Park (approx. half a mile away); Salem School Bell (approx. 1.2 miles away); San Joaquin Valley College (approx. 1.8 miles away); Harmony Grove Church (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lodi.
 
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1. HomeFeaturesVintage Lodi Vintage Lodi Laura DeForce Gordon was Lodi’s early suffragette. The Lodi News-Sentinel's article (10/1/2011) on Laura de Force Gordon. On her becoming a lawyer: "In 1878, she and Clara S. Foltz began a fight for legislation allowing women to practice law in California. A bill was passed allowing women to practice law in the state.... Gordon and Foltz immediately applied to Hastings College of Law, which allowed them to attend a few lectures, and then denied them entry. The women sued the school and won the judgment, which said anyone at least 14 years old and of good moral character could attend. On Dec. 6, 1879, Gordon and Foltz became the first two women admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of California." (Submitted on December 23, 2015.) 

2. Laura de Force Gordon - Wikipedia. "Laura de Force Gordon (née Laura de Force; August 17, 1838, North East, Pennsylvania – April 5, 1907, Lodi, California) was an American lawyer, editor, and a prominent campaigner for women’s rights in the American West. She was the first woman to run a daily newspaper in the United States (the Stockton Daily Leader, 1873). She was a key proponent of the Women’s Lawyers Bill allowing women to practice law in California, and the related language in the California Constitution allowing women to practice any profession in California." (Submitted on December 23, 2015.) 
 
Additional keywords. feminist feminism suffragette
 
Categories. Civil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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