Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the first woman to question Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday during her confirmation hearings before the Judiciary Committee, asked the judge what it would mean for the high court’s bench to have near gender equity.
“One of the things that having diverse members of the court does is it provides for the opportunity for role models,” Jackson said.
“Since I was nominated for this position I have received so many notes and letters and photos from little girls around the country who tell me that they are so excited for this opportunity, and that they have thought about the law in new ways because I am a woman, because I am a Black woman,” she added.
If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. After opening statements from Jackson, her colleagues and the senators March 21, senators will spend two days questioning Jackson at length about her rulings and judicial philosophy. On the final day of the hearings March 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from friends and colleagues of Jackson about her temperament and approach to the law.
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