Matthews, Burnita Shelton

Burnita Shelton Matthews, born near Hazlehurst in 1894, became the first woman to be appointed to the Federal District Court Bench. She fought for women’s rights, focusing her energy on educating women about their rights while also participating in the early 20th century movement for national women’s suffrage.

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http://www.stanford.edu/group/WLHP/papers/burnita.html#FAMILY%20BACKGROUND