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Daughter of the Empire StateThe Life of Judge Jane Bolin$
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Jacqueline A. McLeod

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036576

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.001.0001

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(p.107) Epilogue
Daughter of the Empire State

Jacqueline A. McLeod

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explains how women's intrusion into male-dominated professions is usually celebrated, and is often seen as a challenge to male hegemony. As a result, when Jane Bolin scaled the professional ranks of the legal profession to become the nation's first African American woman judge, her appointment was celebrated. The press boldly inscribed this event as a first, not merely because she was a woman but more significantly because she was a black woman, and therefore one who was doubly marginalized in the legal profession. However, for decades, Bolin remained suspended in the headlines of her appointment, divorced from any analysis of who she was or the nature of her professionalism. Ultimately, the book aims to go beyond the signification of headlines that consigned Bolin to vignettes of firsts.

Keywords:   Jane Bolin, black women, male hegemony, male-dominated professions, legal profession

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