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Laura de Force Gordon was a writer, spiritualist, reporter, lawyer and politician. She was the first woman to publish a daily newspaper in the US, and one of the first female attorneys in the US. Gordon used her platform as a trance speaker and medium as a launching pad for a career as a suffragist. She gave California’s first recorded speech on women and the vote in San Francisco in 1868, then helped found the California Women’s Suffrage Society in 1870, often speaking before the state legislature on the society’s behalf. She later served as its president from 1884 to 1894. She bought the Stockton Leader and edited the Daily Democrat in Oakland. She wrote the Woman Lawyer’s Bill with Clara Shortridge Foltz, which passed in March 1878.


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