Women on the bench

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, March is an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well as those women currently serving. It has been 90 years since the first woman, Sara M. Soffel (Allegheny), served as a judge in Pennsylvania. Today, 31 percent of Pennsylvania’s active judges are women. In fact, there are currently three women serving on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The majority of the judges now serving on the Superior Court (73 percent) and Commonwealth Court (67 percent) are women, and the president judge of Commonwealth Court is a woman. Additionally, 13 women currently serve as president judges in the Courts of Common Pleas.

Women on the bench