Speaking of Women's Rights: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has Sonia Sotomayor's back.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has Sonia Sotomayor's back.

What impressed me most about Emily Bazelon’s recent interview with Justice Ginsburg in the New York Times was the fact that, at every opportunity she was given, Justice Ginsburg stood behind Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Though she spoke at length about how woman justices are perceived through the lens of gender, a few brief quotes illustrate her display of support for Sotomayor:

Q: Now that Judge Sotomayor has been nominated, how do you feel about [how long it has taken to see another woman nominated to the Supreme Court]?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: I feel great that I don’t have to be the lone woman around this place.

Q: It seemed to me that male judges do […] abrasive things all the time, and it goes unremarked.

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the notion that Sonia is an aggressive questioner — what else is new? Has anybody watched Scalia or Breyer up on the bench?

Q: She’ll fit right in?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: She’ll hold her own.

Q: What do you think about Judge Sotomayor’s frank remarks that she is a product of affirmative action?


Thank you, Justice Ginsburg! In a world plagued by the glamorization of catty infighting and pointlessly vicious competition among women, this interview is a breath of fresh air.