EP. 96: The All-Woman Supreme Court

In 1925, there were only a few women lawyers in Texas. But women still couldn’t serve as jurors and nobody dreamed there would ever be a female judge. Then a real estate lawsuit came to the Texas Supreme Court involving a mutual life insurance company called  the Woodmen of the World.  At the time, every member of the Supreme Court of Texas was a member of the Woodmen of the World, so were disqualified from hearing the case.  That left Governor Pat Neff with a problem.  He had to appoint judges to sit on the Supreme Court but couldn’t find any that weren’t affiliated with the Woodmen.  So he did what Texans have done since 1836, he turned to Texas women.  Hear about the first all-female state Supreme court in American history in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

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