South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal is set to retire after 27 years on the state Supreme Court.
According to the Associated Press Toal’s last day is Dec. 31. She has to leave because state law requires justices to retire the year they turn 72 years old.
Toal has been a trailblazer for women. When she graduated law school in 1968, she was only the 11th woman to have an active law license in South Carolina and women could not serve on juries.
Now she lives in a state where women make up nearly half of the people passing the bar exam and has a woman as governor.
Toal says her goal in her career has been to leave the ladder down so other women could join in her success.