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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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Politics and Public Life

Politics and Public Life

(p.99) Chapter 6 Politics and Public Life
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the thought of a woman judge was incomprehensible in 1949, when the vast majority of United States citizens had never seen a female attorney, let alone a female judge. Certainly the citizens of North Carolina had never seen a woman presiding over a courtroom. Unlike a handful of other states, North Carolina did not even have any female justices of the peace or judges of such lesser courts as those with jurisdiction over municipal, county, probate, juvenile, or domestic relations matters. The court reporter or stenographer might be a woman, but a female clerk of court was rare indeed. It had been only three years since North Carolina women acquired the right to serve on a jury, something that in general they remained reluctant to do.

Keywords:   woman judge, female attorney, North Carolina, female justices, courts, court reporter, stenographer

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