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More Good News on Judges: Three Women Confirmed As First Women in Their Districts

Following the confirmations of Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard as the sixth and seventh women to sit on the D.C. Circuit this week, yesterday the Senate confirmed three women who will become the first female judges in their respective district courts: Elizabeth Wolford (Western District of New York); Landya McCafferty (District of New Hampshire); and Susan Watters (District of Montana).

Even with these groundbreaking confirmations, however, there still remain nearly a dozen district courts around the country where there has never been a woman judge. And there are still 20 women who have been nominated to federal courts and are waiting for votes, whose confirmations would increase the diversity of the courts to which they have been nominated.