Friday, August 07, 2009

Sotomayor Confirmed: 2 Women, 7 Men on the U.S. Supreme Court

Finally, Ruth Bader Ginsberg will not be totally surrounded by the menz. Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by a vote of 68 to 31. All the Democrats voted for her. All the Republicans -- except for 9 -- voted against her.

Judge Sotomayor's ascension will change the gendered dynamics of the High Court from the current 8 men and 1 woman to 7 men and 2 women. Some people call this progress.

Sotomayor will be the first Latina and only the THIRD woman ever to serve on the High Court. And some of the Republican male senators feared that Sotomayor might be biased in favor of women!

For a depressing photo of the many many men who have come before the THIRD woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, see Emily's List. Now if we can have 230 years for women only to be appointed to the High Court, we can begin to catch up.

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