When Juanita Kidd was growing up in Wewoka, Oklahoma, she never saw a female lawyer, never mind a black female lawyer. At 16, Stout graduated from high school, but had to leave Oklahoma to find an accredited college, and later a law school that would accept her. Stout made an appearance at Lincoln University from 1935-1937, when she reigned as Queen of the Quill in 1936, but completed her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music from the University of Iowa. In 1948, Stout graduated from Indiana University’s School of Law.
Juanita Stout paved the way for many aspiring female lawyers. In 1959, Stout was the first black female to be elected to a court of record in the United States. She also became the first black woman in history to serve on a state (Pennsylvania) Supreme Court.