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Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. The federal courts honor Women's History Month by celebrating women's education and women's empowerment. Learn more about the federal judiciary and how women have shaped history and inspired other to succeed with these resources.

Judge Encourages Young People to Prepare Themselves to Succeed

As a child, U.S. District Court Judge Julie A. Robinson was inspired by the story her grandmother told her of Civil Rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune’s visit to the White House to meet with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  Years later, Robinson followed Bethune’s footsteps into the White House to be interviewed for a federal judgeship.

Judge Robinson’s journey to the federal bench in Topeka, KS, started when she decided, at age five, to become a lawyer.  Unlike the growing-up experience of some girls in the 1960s, her father validated and actively supported her career path, even though it was untraditional for women at the time. All along the way, she sought out mentors who set high expectations and demanded the best from her.

“You never can dream big enough, sometimes.”  Judge Robinson tells young people.  “You can never really know all that is in store for you.  All you can do is make sure that you are ready, and positioned, and able, and willing to accept all that comes your way.”