WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17: JANE BOLIN
Profile America for the 17th day of Black History Month. Jane Bolin was the first African-American woman to be appointed as a judge in the U.S. She was sworn in to a 10 year term on New York City's domestic relations court in 1939. During her tenure, she made several major changes. Probation officers were assigned to cases without regard to race or religion. And child care agencies receiving public funds had to accept children without regard to their ethnic background. After she retired, she volunteered as a tutor in math and reading for children in the New York City school system. Today, women comprise a majority of workers in law occupations, while 7 percent are African-American. Nearly 9 percent of New York's state court judges are black. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 603
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau