Volume XXIII

The Impact of Gender Perspectives on the Legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court's Appearance and Judicial-Decision Making

by Sophia Blake

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated: “people ask me sometimes when—when do you think it will be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine.” Though Justice Ginsburg’s wishes are far from fulfilled, President Joe Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the role of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer is significant. Justice Jackson’s recent confirmation signifies the most women justices the Court has had in its history, and the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. The impact of women’s voices on the Supreme Court is far reaching. Women’s presence on the highest bench in the nation is crucial to the advancement of the law in this country. Women—especially multiple women from a diverse range of backgrounds—bring unique perspective to a historically white-male bench. Additionally, the presence of diverse women provides a more accurate representation of all citizens.

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