Klobuchar remarks on sexism in Sotomayor hearings

By Emily Wales on
July 28, 2009

I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one bothered by Republicans' questioning about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's "temperament" during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings this month. Before voting on Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination, Senator Amy Klobuchar made clear she believes the confirmation process of Judge Sonia Sotomayor dealt with blatantly sexist undertones. From the Minnesota Independent:

Klobuchar said she had bristled at “mostly anonymous question[ing of] Judge Sotomayor’s judicial temperament” and cited her own experience in Minnesota: “Where I come from, asking tough questions and showing very little patience for unprepared lawyers is the very definition of a judge.”

Sexist standards implicit in such critiques “irritated me,” Klobuchar said, adding that the country should ”appoint as many gruff, to-the-point female judges as gruff, to-the-point male judges.”

Klobuchar's comments today made the statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the only other woman on the committee, even more poignant. Feinstein noted that, although women in the judiciary have made progress, "we're not there yet." Read more about her comments here.


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