Iowa's 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 20, 2021 3:46pm

4 Arabella Babb Mansfield

First Woman Lawyer                      


Arabella “Belle” Babb Mansfield (1846-1911) became the country’s first woman lawyer when she passed the bar examination in 1869. Although she hadn’t attended law school, she did study for two years in her brother’s law office in Mount Pleasant. She also was a champion for women’s suffrage, chairing the first Iowa Suffrage Association state convention in 1870.