Mary O’Toole

The unstoppable trailblazer, revolutionary suffragette, radical free thinker, and the first woman municipal judge of the United States. Judge Mary O’Toole left behind a legacy worth remembering.

1874 – 1954

A Trailblazing Legacy

Mary O’Toole was not just a pioneering woman on the bench. She was an advocate and revolutionary for women in the United States. Many of her views may be considered normal by today’s standards, but during Mary’s lifetime, these opinions were revolutionary examples. 

Mary was a suffragette, believing women should have the right to vote. She was president of the District of Columbia State Equal Suffrage Association among many other titles. Mary also advocated for a woman’s right to divorce and held radical views strongly opposing the death penalty.

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Changing Washington

Mary O’Toole Day

On July 21st, 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Mary O’Toole as Judge of the Municipal Court of Washington, DC, making her the very first woman to claim the title. On July 21st, 2022, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. declared July 21st, 2022 Mary O’Toole Day in honor of Mary’s significant accomplishments.

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