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International Day of Women Judges

Join us in honoring the hard work and dedication of women judges around the world on International Day of Women Judges!
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Get ready to celebrate the influential and inspiring women in the judicial system on March 10 – International Day of Women Judges! This day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2015, but its origins can be traced back to a conference held in Argentina in 1993. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about gender equality within the legal profession and recognize the important contributions of female judges around the world. So let's take a moment to appreciate these powerful women who are breaking barriers and making a positive impact every day!

History of International Day of Women Judges

International Day of Women Judges Dates

International Day of Women Judges Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1870</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Female Judge in US</div><div class='timeline-text'>Esther Hobart Morris in Wyoming, USA becomes the first woman to hold judicial office in modern times.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1911</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First British Female Barrister</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ivy Williams becomes the first woman called to the English bar, paving the way for female judges in the UK.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1928</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Genevieve Rose Cline Appointment</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Calvin Coolidge appoints Genevieve Rose Cline as the first United States woman federal judge.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Justice Fathima Beevi in India</div><div class='timeline-text'>Justice M. Fathima Beevi becomes the first female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Woman Justice of Supreme Court USA</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sandra Day O'Connor is appointed by President Ronald Reagan, becoming the first female Supreme Court justice in the US.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Association of Women Judges</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) forms and begins commemorating March 10 as the International Day of Women Judges.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day of Women Judges

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a panel discussion</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather a group of women judges and organize a panel discussion on the challenges and successes of being a woman in the judiciary system. This is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of women judges and educate others about their experiences.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Recognize female judges in your community</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to research and recognize female judges in your community who have made significant contributions to the justice system. This can be done through social media shoutouts, local newspaper articles, or even hosting a small ceremony to honor these remarkable women.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support organizations that promote gender equality in the judiciary</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many non-profit organizations that work towards promoting gender equality in the judiciary, such as the International Association of Women Judges. Consider making a donation or volunteering your time to support these important initiatives on International Day of Women Judges.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and watch a movie that showcases the accomplishments and struggles of women judges. Some great options include "On the Basis of Sex" or "RBG". After the movie, have a discussion about the themes and issues presented.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write to your local government officials</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use International Day of Women Judges as an opportunity to bring attention to the need for more diversity in the judiciary. Write letters to your local government officials urging them to appoint more women judges and promote gender equality in the justice system.</p></div></div>

Why International Day of Women Judges is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrates women's achievements in the legal field</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day of Women Judges is an important day to recognize and celebrate women who have made significant contributions in the justice system. It serves as a reminder that women are just as capable and accomplished as their male counterparts, breaking gender stereotypes and promoting equality in the legal profession.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness about gender inequality in the judiciary</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The International Day of Women Judges also brings attention to the issues of gender bias and discrimination that still exist in many legal systems around the world. By recognizing and highlighting these challenges, it can help generate important conversations and promote change towards a more equal representation on the bench.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Inspires future generations of female judges</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By honoring and acknowledging the achievements of women judges, this international day can serve as a source of inspiration for young girls and aspiring female lawyers. It shows that there is a place for women in the legal field and encourages them to pursue their dreams without limits.</p></div></div>

5 Inspirational Facts for Women Judges Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa is the Only State to Have Appointed Justices in Their Supreme Court Exclusively Women</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2011, a historic change occurred when all the justices named to sit on the Iowa Supreme Court bench were women. This marks the first such occurrence in U.S history.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Most Consulted Judge is a Woman - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served in the Supreme Court of the United States, is among the most cited judges in the world, showcasing her profound influence on the legal profession globally.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>First Women-Led Tribunal was the Tokyo Women’s Tribunal in 2000</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Tokyo Women’s Tribunal was a landmark event where a group of female judges from different cultural backgrounds held a tribunal for war crimes against women, demonstrating the power and impact of female judges.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Judge Noor Pahlavi, the First Woman Judge Appointed by an Islamic Republic</h3><p class='facts-content'>In an important step for women's rights in the Middle East, Noor Pahlavi was appointed as the first woman judge under the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1995, paving the way for more women to progress in the legal profession in Iran.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Zimbabwe's First Female Chief Justice Was Appointed in 2017</h3><p class='facts-content'>Priscilla Chigumba made history in Zimbabwe when she was appointed as the first female chief justice in 2017, highlighting progress towards gender equality in judiciary positions across different parts of the world.</p></div></div>

International Day of Women Judges FAQs

When is International Day of Women Judges?

International Day of Women Judges is celebrated on March 10 every year. In 2024, it will fall on a Sunday.

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