legal herstory firsts
United States

First Woman
Admitted Lawyer

Year: 1869

Arabella Mansfield

First Woman
Federal Judge

Year: 1918

First Woman
District Court Judge

Year: 1925

Burnita Shelton

Matthews

First Woman
U.S. Senator

Year: 1922

Rebecca Latimer

Felton

First Woman
Governor

Year: 1925

Nellie Tayloe Ross

First Woman
U.S. Representative

Year: 1917

Jeannette Rankin

First Woman
Cabinet Member

Year: 1933

Frances Perkins

First Woman
U.S. Secretary of State

Year: 1997

Madeleine Albright

First Woman
U.S. Attorney General

Year: 1993

Janet Reno

First Woman
President of the U.S.

Year: 

Not Yet!

First Woman
Vice President of the U.S.

Year: 2020

Kamala Harris

First Woman
Justice of the Supreme Court

Year: 1981

Sandra Day O'Connor