“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement, and remuneration based on ability.” ― Sandra Day O’Connor
On January 29th, 1926 Violette Anderson became the first African-American woman to practice law before the Supreme Court. To mark the anniversary of Violette’s groundbreaking position, we take a closer look this week at inspiring and pioneering women in the field of law.
In 1870 Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from law school
Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge
The first openly gay chief justice in United States history, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez
Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major American city
In Alabama: Mahala Ashley Dickerson, the first female African-American lawyer in Alabama
Maud McLure Kelly, the first female lawyer in Alabama