A statement by The Diversity Movement
This week, in the midst of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Senate conducted confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman and the first public defender to sit on the Supreme Court. Regardless, she is the first Black woman to be nominated for the position in the court’s 233-year history, which includes 120 Chief and Associate Justices. Yet Black women have comprised around 10% or more of the U.S. population since 1789, when the Supreme Court was founded.
The Diversity Movement applauds the nomination and looks forward to Jackson’s confirmation as Supreme Court Justice. This historic moment is all the more significant – beyond Judge Jackson’s resume and character – because of her experiences as a Black woman.