Home > Celebrating Women's History Month-Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary

Bookmark and Share

Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary



March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well as those women currently serving. It has been 87 years since the first woman, Sara M. Soffel (Allegheny-pictured), served as a judge in Pennsylvania.

Today, 29 percent of Pennsylvania’s active judges are women who serve the courts at the appellate, trial and minor court levels. For the first time ever, three women sit on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Pennsylvania is also home to Juanita Kidd Stout (Philadelphia), the first African-American woman elected to a court of record in the United States, the first to sit on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the first appointed to any state Supreme Court.


The majority of the judges now serving on the Superior Court (75 percent) and Commonwealth Court (57 percent) are women, and the president judges of both of those courts are women. The infographic below highlights data about women on the bench. 


Click image to expand


PA Courts InfoShare is a bi-weekly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is encouraged with source cited. 


Other PUM Stories
Gateway Engineers along with past President establish funds to help women engineering students at Pitt
Gateway Engineers along with past President establish funds to...

Read More »

Neighborhood Allies Outlines it's Priority Geographies
Neighborhood Allies Priority Geographies Neighborhood Allies is a...

Read More »

ACLU-PA Files Suit to Block State’s “Silencing Act”
ACLU-PA Files Suit to Block State’s “Silencing Act”...

Read More »

Turnovers kill bid for 7th title -PACKERS 31, STEELERS 25
  Turnovers kill bid for 7th title - PACKERS 31, STEELERS 25...

Read More »


Pittsburgh Urban Media