May 16, 2016 named "Marilla Ricker Day" by Governor Hassan
Governor Maggie Hassan named May 16, 2016 "Marilla Ricker Day" in honor of Marilla Marks Young Ricker at the unveiling of Marilla's portrait at the State House on Monday, May 16, 2016. The League of Women Voters and New Hampshire Women's Bar Association partnered to raise funds for the portrait after the Legislature approved it. Marilla Ricker was the first woman in New Hampshire to attempt to register to vote in 1870, and she continued to register every year for 50 years, until the 19th Amendment was finally passed in 1920. Ms. Ricker was also the first woman to be awarded the right to practice law in New Hampshire after the Petition of Ricker decision in 1890. Ms. Ricker was already admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. after graduating at the top of her law school class, and she had a successful practice there. Ms. Ricker was also the first woman in New Hampshire to apply to run for Governor of the State in 1910, some 86 years before our first female governor, Jeanne Shaheen, was actually elected in 1986.