Jane Bolin: Balancing The Scales Of Justice

There’s a special burden that awaits most trailblazers.

It’s a sort of pressure that would consume the average person. The kind of struggle that simple fanfare can’t satisfy. The motivation has to come from something deeper than instant gratification. It’s a commitment to an ideal that can be tiresome, discouraging, and sometimes dangerous. But the impact that lies in the payoff goes far beyond service of self. It’s a sacrifice for the greater good of the world. 

A sacrifice that people like Jane Bolin accept head on, leaving behind a proud legacy of esteem.

Generational Greatness

Jane Bolin’s early years were a clear indication of the greatness that awaited her. In fact, her father was also a trailblazer, having broken down several barriers along a decorated career in law. Bolin followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming the first woman of color to earn a degree from the prestigious Yale Law School. This was only the first in a long list of educational achievements to her name. Her number of honorary degrees alone is staggering!

In 1939 , Bolin would make history after becoming the first Black woman to be appointed judge in America.

She placed a special focus on child services, fighting for fair access for children of color. She’d also devote a great deal of her efforts towards serving on a range of councils across a variety of historical organizations. These include the NAACP, The Urban League, The National Council of Negro Woman, and more! The goal was always the same; to see to the provision of adequate civil rights to all.

Causing The Shift

ParadigmHHC recognizes Judge Jane Bolin for her wondrous achievements. Her story is a shining example of determination and nobility. 

May her legacy live on, her contributions never forgotten.

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