Women’s History Month Profiles: Jane Bolin, First Black Woman Judge

During Women’s History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of woman innovators and history makers like Jane Bolin, who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout March to learn about more important figures.

Born: April 11, 1908, Poughkeepsie, New York
Died: Jan. 8, 2007, Queens, New York
Best known for: Becoming the first Black woman judge in the country.

Jane Bolin was the first Black woman to become a judge in the United States. She was an attorney served on New York’s Family Court for 40 years and dedicated her career to fighting against racial discrimination in the court system and advocating for children — especially children of color — whose cases she often presided over.

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