Commemorating International Day of Women Judges

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “In my lifetime, I expect to see three, four, perhaps even more women on the High Court bench. Women not shaped from the same mold, but of different complexions.”

On March 10th, we celebrate the International Day of Women Judges set aside to honor the distinguished women who have served as judges and justices at every level of state and federal judiciaries.

We admire those amazing women who were the trailblazers on Oklahoma benches.

  • Grace Elmore Gibson, first female state court judge
  • Susan Bragg, first African American female state court judge
  • Patricia MacGuigan, first female justice of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
  • Alma Wilson, first female justice and first female chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Robin Cauthron, first Oklahoma woman appointed to the federal bench
  • Vicki Miles-LaGrange, first African American woman appointed to the federal bench in Oklahoma and the first to serve as chief judge

We salute our women colleagues, neighbors, friends and family serving in Oklahoma as judges and justices, including our own alumnae U.S. District Judge Jodi Dishman and U.S. Magistrate Suzanne Mitchell — both serving here in the Western District of Oklahoma.

We admire these amazing women who blazed the trails leading to those courtrooms — from the U.S. Supreme Court to our state courts — and who continue to inspire future generations of women leaders.