Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884-1966)was the first woman to serve on a state supreme court, and one of the two firstto serve as a US federal judge. She studied Political Science at a time whenwomen were still barred from pursuing a degree in law, but managed to graduatelater, in 1913, from New York University.

She concentratedher expertise and efforts on the suffrage movement, and challenged laws thatprevented women from participating in politics. She actively encouraged youngwomen to pursue careers in law, and was also engaged in anti-war campaigns.