A historical moment for America, the first African American woman to be nominated and confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. It will also be the first time four women to be on the bench at the same time and the first time three justices of color will serve together. Judge Jackson will also be the first public defender to become a Supreme Court Justice. Judge Jackson’s confirmation marks a step forward in full representation in the highest court in America. As stated by President Biden, “[f]or too long our government and our courts haven’t looked like America. I believe it’s time we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation, with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications.”
Judge Jackson will also be the second working mother on the bench. In 2017, Judge Jackson spoke before the University of Georgia School of Law about her career and family. She expressed the degree of difficulty young women and especially working mothers face. Judge Jackson described her realization that “[i]f I was going to leave my baby and go to work outside the home, I needed to find a law job that was not only fulfilling, but was also compatible with the needs of my family.” In her confirmation hearings, Judge Jackson again addressed the challenges of juggling her career and motherhood. She expressed her hope for her children that they have seen that with hard work, determination and love, it can be done. The importance of family and representation is deeply felt with the confirmation of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Congratulations, Justice Jackson! Congratulations, the United States of America!