An all women Supreme Court?

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It’s not impossible.   The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility.   It happened eighty-five years ago,   if only for a single case.

In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions on the Texas Supreme Court to hear a single case:   an appeal involving Woodmen of the World, a fraternal group whose members included virtually every male lawyer in the state.

(Pictured from left to right: Hortense Ward, Hattie Henenberg, and Ruth Brazzil; photo Texas State Library and Archives Commission, via).

The Texas Lawyer Blog found this bit of history relevant because Justice Harriet O’Neill, a woman, presided over oral arguments at the Texas Supreme Court yesterday, due to an absence and a recusal, thus becoming the first woman since 1925 to do so.

– Ruthann Robson

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