Making Power Moves
Updated: Feb 3
“We have to fight every inch of the way and in the face of sometimes insufferable humiliations.”
- Jane Bolin
Jane Bolin was raised and significantly influenced by her African American father after her white mother passed away when she was very young. Her father, a lawyer exposed her to many key things throughout her life, and although he was the most significant influence on her path, he wished she had chosen another way. He did not want his daughter to suffer as he had in his life.
Jane was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School and the first black woman to become a United States judge. She used her position to fight for children and civil rights boldly, and she continued this work even after retirement. Jane lived to be 98 years old. She was a woman that knew her power and allowed what was within her to move in that power throughout her life. She suffered greatly from racial and gender mistreatment but knew her mission was worth the adversity she constantly faced.