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On March 11, 1993 Janet Reno was confirmed as the first female U.S. Attorney.

Janet Wood Reno (born July 21, 1938) is the former Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001) and the first woman to hold this position as well as the second longest serving Attorney General since William Wirt in 1829.

During her tenure as Attorney General, Reno oversaw such events as the Branch Davidians stand off in Waco, Texas, the capture and conviction of the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City bombers, and the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.

On April 17, 2009, Reno was awarded the Justice Award by the American Judicature Society. Eric Holder Jr, Attorney General under the  Obama Administration presented Reno the award. Seth Andersen, Executive Vice President of AJS said the award recognizes “her commitment to improving our systems of justice and educating Americans about our great common enterprise — to ensure equality under the law.” The award is the highest given by the AJS, and recognizes significant contributions toward improvements in the administration of justice within the United States.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Janet Reno when she attended the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) reunions on behalf of her aunt, Winifred Wood –a WASP and an author.