Today in Feminist History: Clara Shortridge Foltz is First Woman Deputy District Attorney in U.S. History (April 25, 1910)

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April 25, 1910: Clara Shortridge Foltz has just been sworn in as the first female Deputy District Attorney in U.S. history!

Her road to the Los Angeles, California, prosecutor’s office has been a long one. When left to raise her five children alone in San Jose, she also wanted to study law with one of the local attorneys. Initially, she met with a series of rejections, such as one that said:

“My dear young friend: Excuse my delay in answering your letter asking permission to enter my law office as a student. My high regard for your parents and for you, who seem to have no right understanding of what you say you want to undertake, forbid encouraging you in so foolish a pursuit, wherein you would invite nothing but ridicule if not contempt. A woman’s place is at home, unless it be as a teacher. If you would like a position in our public schools, I will be glad to…

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