Women Judges

Throughout history, there have been many women judges who have made significant contribution. The list includes many familiar and great female such as Judith Sheindlin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Jeanine Pirro. The women featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro
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Famous As: American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 2 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 2009)
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

 3 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1981-2006)
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 4 Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin
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Famous As: TV personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 5 Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Since 2010)
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper West Side, New York, United States

The fourth woman to become part of the Supreme Court of the United States as its member, Elena Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court. She played a major role in the Cooper v. Harris case by writing the majority opinion of the case.

 6 Marilyn Milian

Marilyn Milian
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Famous As: Judge, TV personality
Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States

 7 Miriam Defensor Santiago

Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Famous As: Judge, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016
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 8 Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

 9 Lynn Toler

Lynn Toler
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 10 Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 11 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 12 Kimba Wood

Kimba Wood
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: January 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Townsend, Washington

 13 Simone Veil

Simone Veil
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Famous As: Member of the Constitutional Council 1998 - 2007
Birthdate: July 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 30, 2017

A Holocaust survivor, Simone Veil had lost her father, mother, and brother to Nazi concentration camps. She grew up to be a magistrate and became the first woman president of the European Parliament. She had also been an able health minister and rallied for abortion rights of French women.

 14 Mablean Ephriam

Mablean Ephriam
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst

 15 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
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Famous As: Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: January 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leeds, England

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, is a British judge. In 2004, she became the first woman to be appointed as a Law Lord in the House of Lords. In 2017, Brenda Hale became the first woman to serve as the president of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court, a position which she served until her retirement in 2020.

 16 Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin
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Famous As: 17th Chief Justice of Canada
Birthdate: September 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pincher Creek, Canada

 17 Conchita Carpio-Morales

Conchita Carpio-Morales
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paoay

 18 Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, University teacher
Birthdate: February 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

Louise Arbour is a Canadian lawyer, jurist, and prosecutor. She made history when she indicted Slobodan Milošević for war crimes; Milošević became the first sitting head of state to be summoned before an international court. Arbour's attempt to indict Bosnian Serb war criminals inspired a 2005 TV film titled Hunt for Justice, where Louise Arbour was played by Wendy Crewson.

 19 Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss
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Famous As: Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire

Born into a family of lawyers and being the daughter of a High Court judge, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was destined to take up law as a profession. She not only became the fourth female High Court judge but was also the first female Lord Justice of Appeal.

 20 Jacqueline Nguyen

Jacqueline Nguyen
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: May 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Da Lat

 21 Rosalie Abella

Rosalie Abella
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: July 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 22 Manuela Carmena

Manuela Carmena
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Famous As: Politician, Judge
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 23 Diane Wood

Diane Wood
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: judge

 24 Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay
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Famous As: South African jurist who served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Birthdate: September 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Navi Pillay is a South African jurist known for serving as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She is of Indian Tamil origin and was the first non-white woman judge of the High Court of South Africa. She has also served as the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

 25 Jane Bolin

Jane Bolin
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Famous As: American judge
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: January 8, 2007

 26 Rose Bird

Rose Bird
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Famous As: Chief Justice
Birthdate: November 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Died: December 4, 1999

 27 Elke Budenbender

Elke Budenbender
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: January 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weidenau, West Germany

 28 Pilar Llop

Pilar Llop
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Famous As: Judge Politician
Birthdate: August 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 29 Ertha Pascal-Trouillot

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pétion-Ville, Haiti

 30 Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa
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Famous As: First Native American woman and enrolled tribal member to serve as a federal judge
Birthdate: December 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

 31 Esperanza Aguirre

Esperanza Aguirre
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Francoist Spain Spain

 32 Francesca Morvillo

Francesca Morvillo
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Famous As: Magistrate
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: May 23, 1992

Francesca Morvillo was an Italian magistrate. In 1992, Morvillo became the first and only woman magistrate to be assassinated in Italy; she was killed alongside her husband Giovanni Falcone by the Sicilian Mafia. Her funeral was aired live on national television and a day of mourning was declared by the Parliament.

 33 Martha Griffiths

Martha Griffiths
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pierce City, Missouri, United States
Died: April 22, 2003

 34 Philomena Mbete Mwilu

Philomena Mbete Mwilu
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 35 Margarita Robles

Margarita Robles
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: November 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: León, Spain León, Spain

 36 Eva Joly

Eva Joly
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Famous As: Politician, Judge, Jurist
Birthdate: December 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo

 37 Sophia Akuffo

Sophia Akuffo
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Famous As: Chief Justice of Ghana
Birthdate: December 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Akropong-Akuapem

 38 Carolyn Dineen King

Carolyn Dineen King
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse

 39 Rosemary Barkett

Rosemary Barkett
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Famous As: Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Birthdate: August 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico

 40 Maite Oronoz Rodríguez

Maite Oronoz Rodríguez
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Puerto Rico

 41 Bertha Wilson

Bertha Wilson
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: April 28, 2007

 42 Njoki Susanna Ndung'u

Njoki Susanna Ndung'u
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kenya

 43 Birtukan Mideksa

Birtukan Mideksa
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 44 Roma Mitchell

Roma Mitchell
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: March 5, 2000

Roma Mitchell was an Australian lawyer and judge. She became the first woman to hold a number of positions in Australia, including the country’s first female judge. She was also the first woman to be a Queen's Counsel and the governor of an Australian state. She was a pioneer of the Australian women's rights movement as well.

 45 Florence Ellinwood Allen

Florence Ellinwood Allen
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: March 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 12, 1966

 46 Nazhat Shameem

Nazhat Shameem
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Famous As: Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations since 2014
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Fiji

 47 Unity Dow

Unity Dow
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Famous As: Lawyer, judge and politician
Birthdate: April 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mochudi, Bechuanaland Protectorate

 48 Julia Przyłębska

Julia Przyłębska
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: November 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bydgoszcz, Poland

 49 Raja Nicola

Raja Nicola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan

 50 Thelma Aldana

Thelma Aldana
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Famous As: Judge, Politician
Birthdate: September 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gualán, Zacapa, Guatemala