Did you know that March is Women’s history month? We are happy to celebrate the advancement of women every month of the year, but considering that this month is set aside specifically for women’s history we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate trailblazing women in law. The women listed below have made major contributions and left a profound impact on the legal profession. Here are their accomplishments:
- Ada Kepley. In 1870 Ada Kepley became the first woman in the United States to graduate with a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. At this time, she was denied access to the state bar and therefore could not enter the “learned profession” of law to practice. Regardless of the fact that she could not practice, she was a trailblazer in education.
- Charlotte E. Ray. Long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally prohibited discrimination in the workplace based on gender and race, Charlotte E. Ray became the first black female lawyer in the U.S. She graduated from law school at Howard University, and she was the first woman ever admitted to the D.C. Bar.
- Kathryn Sellers. In 1918 Ms. Sellers was the first federally appointed judge in the United States. She was nominated by Woodrow Wilson to the Juvenile Court of the District of Columbia.
- Sandra Day O’Connor. The first woman didn’t make it to the Supreme Court until 1981, and that woman was Sandra Day O’Connor. The was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and she served for more than 25 years.
If you are a woman considering a career in law, we would like to encourage you to pursue that goal. Perhaps someday you will wind up on a list of trailblazing women.