In it’s 220 year history, only four women justices have served on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2005); Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-Present); Sonia Sotoymayor (2009-present), Former Solicitor General Elena Kagan (2010-present). The latter two nominated by President Barack Obama.
There are a lot of things that are constantly happening in the world, and this week is no exception. It’s been one hell of a week. I’m still processing it as much as the next person.
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama has eloquently put.
Growing up I went to a non-sectarian, private girl’s school in San Francisco where as a Kindergartener and lower school student we were immersed in classrooms where countless portraits of historic American women filled the walls above the chalkboards like feminist wallpaper. Founded by a Women’s suffragist, our educational curriculum revolved around the names and contributions of American women, many of who made lasting strides in the struggle for equality. This formative experience undeniably formed a unique basis of my understanding of self and identity at a young age.
To be taught that women are capable of great things at a young age is beyond empowering. To experience being raised by mostly a single mother, for me, was character building. To see three women sitting on the Supreme Court who continue to empower that legacy for others as our democracy evolves, in what will always seems to be uncertain times is a steadfast reminder that the future never announces itself, it arrives like a thunderbolt.