Friday, March 29, 2013

March is Women's History Month

This blog recently reported on judicial demographics in California. Not to be outdone on the diversity front, the Feds have issued this report: Decades After O'Connor, Role of Women Judges Still Growing.
In 1981, there were 43 full-time women appellate and district court judges, 7.3 percent of the total. According to the Federal Judicial Center, whose web site provides biographical and demographic data on all federal judges, women now make up 235 of the 772 full-time judges in the U.S. District Court and Courts of Appeal—30.4% of the total.

Florence E. Allen, the first woman to serve on a state Supreme Court and the nation’s first female Article III Judge. She was later appointed as Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit in 1959 and was publicly supported as a possible candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court.