‘Justice M. Fathima Beevi’ was born on 30.04.1927 at Pathanamthitta (Kerala). Her Parents were Meera Sahib and Khadeeja Bibi. She did her schooling in Catholicate High School, Pathanamthitta and degree B.Sc. at University College, Trivandrum. She obtained her B.L. from Government Law College, Trivandrum.
She was enrolled as an advocate on 14.11.1950. She appointed as munsif in the Kerala Subordinate Judicial Services in May, 1958. She was promoted as the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 1972. She was promoted as District and Session Judge in 1974. She Was appointed as the Judicial member of Income Tax Appealate Tribunal in Jan.,1980. She was elevated as the Kerala High Court Judge on 04.08.1983. She became Permanent Judge of High Court of Kerala on 14.03.1984. She was elevated as the Supreme Court Judge in 1989.
Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the First Woman Judge of Supreme Court of India. She was the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. She was the first woman judge of a Supreme Court of a nation in India and Asia. She retired on 29.04.1992.
Last year, in an interview with the Week, Beevi spoke of the need to elevate more women to judgeships and even consider reservation to increase the number of women in the higher judiciary. “There are many women in this field now, both the place at bar and in the bench,” Beevi said. “However, their participation is meagre. Their representation is not equal to men. This is a historical reason also for that… Women took to the field late. To get equal representation in the judiciary , it will take time.”