For Immediate Release
March 24, 2022
Statement on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Historic Confirmation Hearings
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the historic confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court, EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“This week Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reminded us just how qualified she is for the Supreme Court. While facing racists attacks, extreme disrespect and offensive conspiracy theories from Republican senators, she continued to endure and exemplify patience, grace and courage throughout. On top of being one of our most qualified nominees ever, it is clear that she possesses the character and fortitude that is worthy of this appointment.
“Making history is rarely easy. Black women have been at the very center of social change, yet disqualified from positions of power throughout our government because the system was not built for us. Judge Jackson’s testimony this week inspired me and I know she will be a role model for generations of girls who see themselves in her. She is breaking ground and making history, and I look forward to celebrating her confirmation as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
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