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Jane Bolin - The First Black Woman in the US to Become a Judge

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Jane Bolin - The First Black Woman in the US to Become a Judge

Daughter of the Empire State by Jacqueline McLeod Jane Bolin's appointment as a family court judge by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1939 made her the first black woman in the United States to become a judge. Judge Bolin was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to work in the office of the New York City corporation counsel, the city’s legal department. In January 1979, when Judge Bolin had reluctantly retired after 40 years as a judge, Constance Baker Motley, a black...

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Eleanor Joyce Toliver-Williams - the first African-American woman to certify as an air traffic controller

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Eleanor Joyce Toliver-Williams  - the first African-American woman to certify as an air traffic controller

The next time you are flying in a jet, take a moment to think about the Air Traffic Controllers on the ground who guide aircraft safely to their destinations. Eleanor Joyce Toliver-Williams was one such unsung hero.

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