Benched, The Memoirs of Judge Rufe McComb by Rufe McComb with Karen Spears Zacharias; 1997; $29.95; 215 pages; Mercer University Press, Macon, GA; 0-86544-570-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 1/29/15-1/30/15

Rufe McCombs was the first female elected to a judgeship in the state of Georgia. She started her legal career early on when very few women went to law school.  Here she tells the story of her life from childhood to retirement.  It is a joy to read and very engaging.  I learned a few things about the south and about attitudes in the 40’s and 50’s.


Did I enjoy it?  Yes it was a story well told of a life, which faced obstacles that I couldn’t have imagined.

What is with the title of the review?  Rufe McComb was a groundbreaker who was one of the first female lawyers in Georgia.  When she was elected to the position of judge she was not only female but a senior, she didn’t run for office until she was in her 50’s.