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

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While this isn't a list of all female jurists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female jurists?" and "Who are the best female jurists?"
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Jurists
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 63

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

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Jurists
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 85

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

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#61 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

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

#16 on The Most Influential Women Of 2018

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Maria Lourdes Sereno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Jurists
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MarĂ­a Lourdes Aranal-Sereno is the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. At age 52, she is the second youngest and the first female to head the judiciary. In August 2010, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, its 169th Member and the first appointee to the High Court by President Benigno Aquino III. Sereno is the youngest appointee to the Supreme Court since Manuel Moran in 1945, but she was surpassed by Marvic Leonen in 2012 at the age of 49, and the 13th woman appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. On 24 August 2012, President Aquino announced his appointment of Justice Sereno as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Metropolitan Manila, Manila, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines

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Louise Arbour, CC GOQ was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario and a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. From 2009 until 2014, she served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. She made history with the indictment of a sitting head of state, Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, as well as the first prosecution of sexual assault as the articles of crimes against humanity. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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