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List of famous female judges, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female judges list contains the most prominent and top females known for being judges. You might also be interested in celebrities who went to law school and the dumbest lawsuits in court. There are thousand of females working as judges in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic judges have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a judge then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Judy Sheindlin and Sandra Day O'Connor.

While this isn't a list of all female judges, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female judges?" and "Who are the best female judges?"

Judith Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Judges
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Judith Susan Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful Daytime Emmy Award winning reality courtroom series named after her, Judge Judy. Sheindlin passed the New York bar examination in 1965 and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1982 Mayor Ed Koch appointed her as a judge, first in criminal court, then later as Manhattan's supervising family court judge in 1986. It was reported in mid-2012 that Sheindlin was the highest paid television personality, making $123,000 per episode of Judge Judy, or $45 million annually for the 52 days per year that she tapes ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Sandra Day O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Judges
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Sandra Day O'Connor is a retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from her appointment in 1981 by Ronald Reagan until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Court. Prior to O'Connor's appointment to the Court, she was an elected official and judge in Arizona serving as the first female Majority Leader in the United States as the Republican leader in the Arizona Senate. On July 1, 2005, she announced her intention to retire effective upon the confirmation of a successor. Samuel Alito was nominated to take her seat in October 2005, and joined the Court on January 31, 2006. Considered a federalist and a moderate conservative, O'Connor ...more

Age: 88

Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA

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#64 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Judges
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Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, its third female justice, and its twelfth Roman Catholic justice. Sotomayor shares with John Roberts and Elena Kagan being among the youngest justices on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City to Puerto Rican-born parents. Her father died when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#19 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Judges
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Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice. She is generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Before becoming a judge, Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women's rights as a constitutional principle. She advocated as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. She was a professor at Rutgers School of ...more

Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#13 on The Most Influential Women Of 2018

#97 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#69 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#29 on Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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