Lilla Day Monroe

1982 Cowgirl Honoree – Kansas

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(1858-1929)

Lilla began life as the daughter of an Indiana mill owner. Initially working as a schoolteacher, she became the first woman to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court. Lilla was a political activist who lobbied successfully for the Suffrage Amendment. She founded two journals and promoted progressive welfare, labor and property rights, minimum-wage standards, improved working conditions, child-hygiene regulations and state primaries. In her later years, she chronicled the history of Kansas pioneer women.