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Episode 30: Gertrude E. Rush, Iowa's First African American Female Attorney

Posted on March 28, 2023 at 12:00 AM by Marissa Gaal

In recognition of Women’s History Month, I went looking for women throughout Iowa’s history to cover for this episode. As it turns out, Iowa is not lacking for strong, influential women who have left their mark on the state’s judicial and legal systems. Last year we covered the life of Arabella Mansfield, the first white woman admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 1869. This year, I want to highlight the first black woman admitted to the Iowa State Bar, and one of the founding members of the National Bar Association: Gertrude E. Rush.

Host: Marissa Gaal

Music from The Epic 2 by Rafael Krux
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