“This Women’s History month we would like to acknowledge some of the many notable women who have broken barriers- gaining equality and opening doors for women in the legal field. It is important that we acknowledge these heroes and do our best to further their cause.”-Lisa Duffee
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First female to practice law in Colonial America, in 1638. She tried more than 100 cases in Maryland and Virginia courts.
Arabella “Belle” Babb Mansfield
First woman admitted to a state bar in the United States- in 1869.
First female to graduate from law school (which is now Northwestern School of Law), in 1870.
Was admitted to the state bar as the first woman attorney in Illinois- 1873.
Charlotte E. Ray
First African-American woman lawyer- in 1872.
Founder of “Chicago Legal News” and “Law relating to Women” columnist, Myra Bradwell appealed to the US Supreme Court in what many believe to be the first sexual discrimination case in America jurisprudence, in 1873.
Belva Ann Lockwood
First female member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, admitted in 1879.
Lyda Burton Conley
The first Native American female lawyer in America- 1902.
Genevieve Rose Cline
First female federal judge in America- 1928. She served for 25 years.
Florence Ellinwood Allen
First woman in the US to be appointed Assistant Prosecutor- 1919,
First woman to sit on a state supreme court- 1922,
First female federal appellate court judge in the US- 1934
Sarah Tilghman Hughes
First (and only woman in US history) to swear in a United States President- Lyndon B Johnson.
Youngest person ever to win a Supreme Court case… and this case was Roe V. Wade!
Sandra Day O’Connor
First woman justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
First female Attorney General of the United States, and longest serving Attorney General.
Prior Chief justice of the 5th District Court of appeals.First African American woman to serve in Texas at this level.
*This list is by no means exhaustive- it is merely a sampling of the remarkable women who have made a difference to women in law.