Florence Ellinwood Allen helped pave the way for women in law. After graduating from the College of Women in 1904, she became the first woman to be elected to a state supreme court as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1922.
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Allen to the Sixth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, becoming the first woman to serve as judge in a federal court. She eventually became the court’s chief judge—another first for women—before retiring in 1959.
About 71 percent of respondents to this week’s trivia question correctly guessed Allen as the answer.