Former Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters Remembered As A Trailblazer For Women In Connecticut

The Honorable Ellen Ash Peters, who died April 16, 2024, was the first woman to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court and later became the first female chief justice. She was 94 years old. Contributed photo / Connecticut Judicial Branch (courtesy of CTNewsJunkie)

Chief Justice Peters, who retired from the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2000, was a resident of West Hartford.

By Jamil Ragland, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Former Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters, who was both the first woman to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court as well as its first female chief justice, has died, the court announced on Wednesday. She was 94 years old.

Peters led a life of firsts. She was born in Berlin, Germany on March 21, 1930 to a Jewish father who was a lawyer. Her family escaped Nazi Germany when she was eight years old, and settled in New York City in 1939, where she attended high school. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

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