The Rt. Hon. Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE PC 

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A woman wearing a floral shirt and matching long skirt standing next to a red-carpeted staircase in a wood panelled room.
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First Woman to be Lord Justice of Appeal

May 2011, House of Lords, London

b.1933, Buckinghamshire

Baroness Butler-Sloss became Lord Justice of Appeal in 1988, aged 55 – the first woman in 112 years to do so. Until 1994 she was also the highest ranking female judge in the UK. She became a high court judge aged 45 – also making her the first woman to head a high court division, one of only four top judicial poses in England and Wales. She remains one of the tiny number of senior judges without a university degree.

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