Supreme Court of the United States

Current Exhibitions

In Re Lady Lawyers: The Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court

In the early 1900s, an employee in the Office of the Clerk began to keep a list of women admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. Kept in an envelope titled In Re Lady Lawyers, the list records the women who carved a path for future female advocates, judges, and eventually, Supreme Court Justices. This exhibition looks at part of the history of women attorneys in the United States, beginning with Myra Bradwell and Belva Lockwood, and continuing with the women serving today as Supreme Court Justices. Notable objects include a c.1905 woman’s suit on loan from the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, the suit worn by then Judge Sandra Day O’Connor when her nomination was announced, historic photographs, as well as memorabilia and personal effects from Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

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