Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Belle Case La Follette- 150th Birthday

In Wisconsin politics, there is perhaps no more famous family than the La Follettes. At the center sat one woman, often overshadowed by her husband and sons, yet an influential reformer in her own right. Belle Case La Follette was a lawyer, journalist, editor, suffragist and counselor who provided much of the intellectual sophistication behind the Progressive Movement for which her husband was known. The first woman graduate of the University of Wisconsin law school, La Follette devoted much of her life to the cause of women's rights. Born in a farm between LaValle and Wonewoc in Juneau County (near Club Chapparal), on April 21, 1859, one hundred fifty years ago. We have a display of books about this family including Lucy Freeman’s biography “Belle” and the new Bob Kann book “Belle and Bob La Follette” partners in politics.

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