Ella Knowles’ Tidbits

2 March 1893 — Sioux Valley News

+++++“Miss Ella Knowles was a candidate for Attorney General of Montana. Being a woman of brains and character, and a good lawyer, she came near being elected upon her merits. Since the election, letters have been pouring to her address containing offers of marriage from every style of masculine idiot . . . . The circumstance affords opportunity for comment, but deference to members of the gentler sex naturally impels the leaving of this pleasant duty to them.”

5 November 1894 — Chanute Daily Tribune

+++++“Attorney Mrs. Ella Knowles of Montana does not seem to care whether or not she has jumped the hedge bounded woman’s sphere. She has just pocketed a $10,000 fee, and can pay her way in whatever sphere may happen to environ her.”

+++++Many news articles of this time reported Ms. Knowles’ $10,000 fee as the largest to date ever earned by a woman attorney.

One thought on “Ella Knowles’ Tidbits

  1. love the phrases…..”every style of masculine idiot!” and “hedge bounded woman’s sphere”……

    wonder what quotes there will be in another 100 years!?

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