“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

“No Shrinking Violet: the Accomplishments of Violette Neatley Anderson”

Their own stories: interviews with the female Supreme Court Justices

Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge

“Black Girl Magic” in Texas courtrooms

The first female justice of the peace, Esther Hobart Morris

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

The pioneering women in legal fields across the globe

In Alabama: Mahala Ashley Dickerson, the first female African-American lawyer in Alabama

Maud McLure Kelly, the first female lawyer in Alabama


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