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Jane Bolin Quotes


Jane Bolin
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Jane Bolin
  • Born: 11th April 1908, Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
  • Died: 8th January 2007, Long Island City, Queens, New York, U.S.
  • Resting place: Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Wellesley College and Yale Law School
  • Occupation: Attorney and judge
  • Famous for: Becoming the first black female judge in the U.S.
  • Other major achievements: Becoming the first black female to graduate from Yale university with a law degree
  • Trivia: In 2011 her autobiography was released; Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"I'd rather see if i can help a child than settle an argument between adults over money"

Jane Bolin

"It is easy to imagine how a young, protected child who sees portrayals of brutality is forever scarred and becomes determined to contribute in her own small way to social justice"

Jane Bolin

"Poughkeepsie is fascist to the extent of deluding itself that there is superiority among human beings by reasons solely of color, race or religion"

Jane Bolin

"I am saddened and maddened even nearly half a century later to recall many of my Wellesley experiences, but my college days for the most part evoke sad and lonely personal memories"

Jane Bolin

"As time went by, I was embarrassed by it because it was years after I went on the bench before another African American woman went on the bench"

Jane Bolin

"I was horrified and transfixed by pictures and news stories of lynchings and other atrocities against blacks solely because of their race"

Jane Bolin

"When I came in, the one or two black probation officers handled only black families. I had that changed"

Jane Bolin

"Those gains we have made were never graciously and generously granted. We have had to fight every inch of the way"

Jane Bolin

"Families and children are so important to our society, and to dedicate your life to trying to improve their lives is completely satisfying"

Jane Bolin

"We have to fight every inch of the way and in the face of sometimes insufferable humiliations"

Jane Bolin

"I wasn't concerned about first, second or last. My work was my primary concern"

Jane Bolin

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Jane Bolin Biography

Jane Bolins life was one of groundbreaking firsts, from becoming the first African American to graduate from Yale law school to becoming the first black female judge in the U.S. she was always at the forefront of breaking down barriers.

The legal department in the office of the New York City corporation had never known an African American to work there before Jane Bolin and she was also the first to grace the New York City Bar Association, but, and this is the important part, for all her collections of firsts Jane Bolin had a stellar career in the judiciary where she set a shining example during an unblemished 40 years of dispensing a fair but strong minded justice across the multi cultural diversity of New York.



She was a social activist who was the first to assign probation officers to cases regardless of race or religion and she ensured the rights of children were upheld by adding a requirement that all publicly funded child care agencies would accept children regardless of the racial or ethnic background.

Throughout her career she was known for making many sound statements so this is my compilation of 11 of the best Jane Bolin quotes

Quotes About Jane Bolin

Judge Constance Baker Motley recognised her as a role model to follow: "When I thereafter met you, I then knew how a lady judge should comport herself"

Determined, she proceeded to a career in law despite her fathers well intended discouragement: "Lawyers had to deal with the most unpleasant and sometimes the grossest kind of human behavior"


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