- Grace Raymond Hebard was not the first woman in Wyoming to break the “glass ceiling’ of her time, but her achievements were quite remarkable!
- Not only was Hebard the first woman admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1898 and the first woman to practice law before the Wyoming Supreme Court, but she was also an engineer, suffragist, librarian and historian, albeit one whose work has often been in question.
- Reared in Iowa, Hebard received a B.S. in engineering from the State University of Iowa in 1882 followed by an M.A. through a correspondence course in 1885. A job opportunity as a draftsman in the land office of the United States Surveyor General brought her and her family to Wyoming where her love of the state never waned.
- Hebard became a member of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees in 1891, serving as the secretary. Later, she taught political economy and by the end of her career was head of the department of political economy and sociology. Hebard was a popular speaker and writer whose books were considered to be highly romanticized. They included the History and Government of Wyoming and Pathbreakers from River to Ocean.
And if that wasn't enough, Hebard was the state’s reigning tennis champion for a time.
- The Grace Raymond Hebard papers are available for review at the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.