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January 2001
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Womens' Firsts

by David Erickson

Ruby and Gregory: first women on bench.
By David Erickson, CBA Historian

The first woman to hold judicial office in the state of Colorado appears to have been Mrs. William N. Ruby of Colorado Springs. She was described as being a "prominent club woman and lawyer of ability; many years member of the Legislative Committee, Colorado Federation of Women's Clubs. Author of state bill enlarging property rights of married women."

Mrs. Ida L. Gregory of Denver, Colo., was the first woman clerk and associate judge of the juvenile court and was stated to be, "the first woman in the United States to hold such a place." She also was the founder of the first night school for boys in Colorado.

The information above is from the "Representative Women of Colorado," published by James Alexander Semple, president of the Alexander Art Publishing Co.; Denver, Colo., 1911.

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