In honor of the 42nd anniversary of the monumental Roe vs. Wade case we present to you the YDWA (Young Democrats of Washington State) Women’s Caucus Five Washington Women to Watch in 2015. We’re excited to see what the year has in store for these amazing and inspirational women!
#2 of 5 : WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE MARY YU
Mary Yu was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Governor Jay Inslee in 2014 and won her election unopposed in November. She is the first openly gay woman of color on the state Supreme Court. Yu represents a win for traditionally underrepresented populations in a high office. The state of Washington, as progressive as we would like to think it is, still has a problem with equitable representation of our population in leadership and elected positions of power. Yu represents the growing representation of women in leadership and has the opportunity to bring the voices of communities of color and the LGBTQA+ community to the state Supreme Court. Yu is also more than qualified to perform her duties on the bench. She has 14 years of experience as trial court judge in King County. In 2014 she won “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice and the “Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year” Award from the Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter. Yu has experience presiding over criminal, civil, juvenile cases, and family law cases. We hope to see her bring her extensive experience and background to the state Supreme Court to ensure equal protection under the law for all citizens in 2015 and forward. Yu’s position on the bench is a beacon of progress and that is why is one of the five Washington Women to Watch.
- NEXT UP TOMORROW: #3 BELLINGHAM CITY COUNCIL AND ACTIVIST ROXANNE MURPHY
- #1 WOMAN TO WATCH: MONICA STONIER
- BY AUDREY MILLER, KATIE CROMBIE & MELISSA BOLES