Hon. Emma Fall Schofield  and Hon. Sadie Lipner Shulman: First women judges in Massachusetts (1930)

Hon. Ethel E. Mackiernan:  First woman appointed to a full judgeship and become a presiding judge in Massachusetts (c. 1930s)

Hon. Beatrice Hancock Mullaney: First woman to serve as Justice of the Probate and Family Court (1955-1975)

Hon. Jennie Loitman Barron: First woman Associate Judge of the Massachusetts Superior Court (c. 1959)

Hon. Margaret Burnham: First African American woman judge in Massachusetts (BMC, 1977)

Hon. Charlotte Anne Perretta: First woman to serve as a Judge of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (1978)

Hon. Ruth Abrams: First woman to serve as a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1978)

Hon.  Marilyn Sullivan: First woman to become Chief Justice of a Trial Court Department (Land Court 1985-1990)

Hon. Rebekah Crampton-Kamukala: First woman to serve as Justice of the Juvenile Court (1986-2008)

Hon. María López : First Latina judge in Massachusetts (1988)

Hon. Judith Nelson Dilday: First person of color appointed as a Judge of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court (1993)

Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara: First woman and the first African-American to be appointed as Chief Justice for Administration and Management for the Massachusetts Trial Court (1998)

Hon. Diana Horan: First woman to serve as Justice of the Housing Court (1999-present)

Hon. Margaret H. Marshall: First woman to serve as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1999)

Hon. Sabita Singh: First Indian American woman judge in Massachusetts (2006)

Hon. Barbara Lenk:  First openly LGBT woman appointed as a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2011)

Hon. Fernande “Nan” Duffly: First Asian-American to serve as a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2011)

Hon. Paula Carey:  First Chief Justice of the Trial Court (2013 – present)

Hon. Eleanor Coe Sinnott: First Korean American woman judge in Massachusetts (2014)

Hon. Geraldine Hines: First African American woman to serve as a Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (2013)

Hon. Diana Maldonado: First Latina to serve as a Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (2013)

Hon. Kimberly Budd: First African American woman to serve as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2020)

Hon. Dalila Wendlandt: First Latina to serve as a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2020)

 

Women’s History Month
Educational Resources

Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts by Barbara F. Berenson, Esq.  (Editor), Hon. Margot Botsford (Editor), Hon. Patti B. Saris et al. (Editor)

McCammon, Holly J., et al. “Becoming Full Citizens: The U.S. Women’s Jury Rights Campaigns, the Pace of Reform, and Strategic Adaptation.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 113, no. 4, Jan. 2008, pp. 1104–1147.

Women Trailblazers in the Law Project

Resources for Women’s History Month from Facing History and Ourselves