20+ Successful Female Lawyers

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• Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor (born March 26, 1930) is an American retired attorney and politician who served as the first female associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006.

She was the first woman nominated and, subsequently, the first woman confirmed.

Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, she was considered the swing vote for the Rehnquist Court and the first few months of the Roberts Court.

• Arabella Mansfield

Arabella Mansfield (May 23, 1846 – August 1, 1911), born Belle Aurelia Babb, became the first female lawyer in the United States in 1869, admitted to the Iowa bar; she made her career as a college educator and administrator.

Despite an Iowa state law restricting the bar exam to males, Mansfield had taken it and earned high scores.

Shortly after her court challenge, Iowa amended its licensing statute and became the first state to accept women and minorities into its bar.

• Myra Colby Bradwell

Myra Colby Bradwell (February 12, 1831 – February 14, 1894) was an American publisher and political activist.

She attempted in 1869 to become the first woman to be admitted to the Illinois bar to practice law, but was denied admission by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1870 and the United States Supreme Court in 1873, in rulings upholding a separate women’s sphere.

Bradwell had founded and published Chicago Legal News from 1868, reporting on the law and continued that work. Meanwhile, influenced by her case, in 1872 the Illinois legislature passed a state law prohibiting gender discrimination in admission to any occupation or profession (with the exception of the military).

• Genevieve Rose Cline

Genevieve Rose Cline (July 27, 1877 – October 25, 1959) was a Judge of the United States Customs Court and the first woman to serve in the United States federal judiciary, serving as an Article I federal judge.

• Folake Solanke

Chief Folake Solanke (born 29 March 1932), SAN, CON, is a Nigerian lawyer, administrator, and social critic.

She is the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the first Nigerian female lawyer to wear the silk gown as Senior Counsel.

She is the first Commissioner of Western State and is a former Chairperson of the Western Nigeria Television Broadcasting Corporation (WNTBC).

• Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Joan Ruth was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020.[

She was nominated by President Bill Clinton to replace retiring justice Byron White, and at the time was generally viewed as a moderate consensus-builder.

She eventually became part of the liberal wing of the Court as the Court shifted to the right over time.

Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.

During her tenure, Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000), and City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York (2005).

• Janet Wood Reno

Janet Wood Reno (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016) was an American lawyer who served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001.

President Bill Clinton nominated Reno on February 11, 1993, and the Senate confirmed her the following month.

She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General and the second-longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history, after William Wirt.

• Ada Kepley

Ada Harriet Miser Kepley (February 11, 1847 – June 13, 1925) was the first American woman to graduate from law school.

She graduated in 1870 with a law degree, from what is today Northwestern University School of Law.

At that time, she was prohibited from legal practice by state court rule that denied women admittance to the bar.

She finally was admitted to the bar in 1881, but did not practice. She was an advocate for women’s suffrage and temperance.

• Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim (born 1968) is a Nigerian human rights lawyer who won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2005.

• Eliza Burton “Lyda” Conley

Eliza Burton “Lyda” Conley (ca. 1869 – 1946) was an Wyandot-American lawyer of Native American and European descent, the first woman admitted to the Kansas Bar Association.

She was notable for her campaign to prevent the sale and development of the Huron Cemetery in Kansas City, now known as the Wyandot National Burying Ground.

She challenged the government in court, and in 1909 she was the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

• Margaret Brent

Margaret Brent (c. 1601 – c. 1671), was an English immigrant to the Colony of Maryland, settled in its new capitol, St. Mary’s City, Maryland.

She was the first woman in the English North American colonies to appear before a court of the common law.

She was a significant founding settler in the early histories of the colonies of Maryland and Virginia. Leonard Calvert, Governor of the Maryland Colony, appointed her as the executrix of his estate in 1647, at a time of political turmoil and risk to the future of the settlement.

She helped ensure soldiers were paid and given food to keep their loyalty to the colony, thereby very likely having saved the colony from violent mutiny, although her actions were taken negatively by the absentee colonial proprietor in England, Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, and so ultimately she paid a great price for her efforts and was forced to leave the colony.

• Ivy Williams

Dr. Ivy Williams (7 September 1877 – 18 February 1966) was the first woman to be called to the English bar, in May 1922. She never practised but she was the first woman to teach law at a British university.

• Gloria Rachel Allred

Gloria Rachel Allred (née Bloom; born July 3, 1941) is an American attorney known for taking high-profile and often controversial cases, particularly those involving the protection of women’s rights.

She has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

• Ethel Rebecca Benjamin

Ethel Rebecca Benjamin (19 January 1875 – 14 October 1943) was New Zealand’s first female lawyer.

On 17 September 1897, she became the first woman in the British Empire to appear as counsel in court, representing a client for the recovery of a debt.

She was the second woman in the Empire to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor, two months after Clara Brett Martin of Canada.

• Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 19, 1917) was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author.

She was active in working for women’s rights, including women’s suffrage.

Lockwood overcame many social and personal obstacles related to gender restrictions.

After college, she became a teacher and principal, working to equalize pay for women in education.

She supported the movement for world peace, and was a proponent of the Temperance movement.

• Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi is a Nigerian lawyer and civil rights activist. She is the founding Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), a non-governmental maternal and reproductive health advocacy organization.

Afolabi is an executive board member of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding and the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund.

She teaches International Humanitarian Law at the University of Lagos.

• Funke Abimbola MBE

Funke Abimbola MBE is a Nigerian businesswoman and lawyer.

She is advocating for diversity across UK society with a specific focus on the legal profession.

• Nwabueze Jaja Wachuku Nwokolo

Nwabueze Jaja Wachuku Nwokolo (born 11 December 1954), a royal princess of Ngwaland, is a Nigerian United Kingdom based lawyer who is council member at Law Society of England and Wales; including being a director and board chair of Great Britain’s BSN: Black Solicitors Network, the largest membership organisation of its kind in Europe.

Nwokolo is a member of Law Society of England and Wales’ Minority Ethnic Concerns Group. Also, she sits on the RAB: Regulatory Affairs Board of the Law Society.

• Ariyike Lawal-Akinbobola

Ariyike Lawal-Akinbobola born 25 April 1982, professionally known as Ariyike Akinbobola is a Nigerian television presenter, talk show host, model, blogger, trained lawyer and occasional actress.

Since 2011, she has worked as an associate producer and TV presenter for Spice TV a fashion and lifestyle channel on the DSTV platform.

She hosts Spice TV’s flagship programme ‘On the Couch’ and in addition she has produced and presented the fashion news and has as well presented other TV Shows including Sugar and Spice, Urban Spice, Instant Beauty Queen and Project Swan. She also currently presents the gadget show Spice Toys.

• Cheluchi Onyemelukwe

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe is a Nigerian-Canadian author and academic. She is best known for her 2019 family saga novel The Son of the House which she won the Nigeria Prize for Literature awards for in 2021.

She is also a Professor of Law at Babcock University, where she served formerly as an assistant professor. In 2019, she won the award for the best international fiction book at the Sharjah International Book Fair.

In 2021, she won the SprinNG women authors prize. Her novel was also nominated for the Giller Prize in 2021.

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