Famous Iowans
Arabella Mansfield
By:Corinne Wise
 Arabella Mansfield was born in Burlington, Iowa, May 23 1846. She died on August 1, 1911 She fought for equal opportunities for women in all aspects of U.S society. She graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1866 and taught at Simpson College for a year before she went home in Mount Pleasant to study law with her brother, Washington Babb. She was an activist in the nineteenth century women’s rights movement. She married natural history professor, John Masnfield, in 1868. Both she and her husband passed the bar exam in June of 1869. They both accepted teaching positions at Iowa wesleyan, then moved to Greencastle, Indiana in 1876, to teach at Depauw University. Arabella served as dean of the school of art in 1894. She became first female lawyer in the United States. She passed the Iowa bar exam in 1869 and opened the way for other women to practice law. Within the year the Iowa legislature amended its statue to allow women and minorites to practice law in the state. Although Mansfield never practiced law herself, she maintained her interest in legal proceeding and joined the National League of Women Lawyers in 1893, leading for others into careers in the law. A lifelong educator, Mansfield also campainged for opertunities for women. She came into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 1980. Biblo Oliver, Dustin. Arabella Mansfield. Law libary-American Law and legal information. Tuesday, May 10th. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11263796 Arabella Mansfield. Tuesday, May 10th, June 29th 2005 http://law.jrank.org/pages/12257/Mansfield-Arabella.html arabella.jpg