OJC Poster: Women and the Courts

An online text version of the Women and the Courts poster

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Women and the Courts in Massachusetts

  • The first woman allowed to vote in America was Lydia Taft of Uxbridge in 1756.
  • The first woman attorney in Massachusetts was Lelia Robinson of Boston in 1882.
  • The first female Assistant District Attorney (1927) and the first female judge (1930) in Massachusetts was Emma Fall Schofield of Malden.
  • The first women were selected by a town to be summoned for juror service by Uxbridge in 1922.
  • The first women served as jurors in Massachusetts in 1950.