Tags: kagan | supreme | court | woman | obama

Justice Kagan: I Was Appointed Because I'm a Woman

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 06:57 PM

By Peter Moses

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan believes she might not have risen to the high court but for the fact she is a woman, she recently said.

“To tell you the truth there were also things that I got because I was a woman,” said Kagan, who was solicitor general in the Obama adaministration and a strong supporter of Obamacare before being appointed to the court. “I mean I’m not sure I would be sitting here, I’m not sure that I would have been President Obama’s nominee if I weren’t a woman and if he wasn’t as committed as he was to ensuring that there was diversity on the Supreme Court.”

Kagan’s legal credentials were never in question, but during the conversation with University of Tennessee Law School Dean Doug Blaze, she outlined barriers and challenges she faced as a woman coming up through the legal and judicial rungs and how she overcame them.

“I feel pretty lucky that I haven’t had to mount all that many barriers or leap over all that many hurdles that were there because I was a woman and I think that’s because at the time I came along where a lot of the women who preceded me had done a lot of the hard work to make sure that women and men were evaluated equally and had the same opportunities as each other,” said Kagan in a video first published at the Knoxville News Sentinel this past weekend.

She also acknowledged a debt to previous woman who had climbed to the Supreme Court, including Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman justice, appointed to the high court in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who rose to the bench in 1993 and was the first female Jewish Supreme Court justice. Kagan was the second. A fourth woman, Sonia Sotomayor, is the first Hispanic justice in history.

“They just pushed through it all,” she said, “and they somehow managed to have these absolutely remarkable careers had remarkable families at the same time. And I think that women like that, you know, did the hard work for women like me coming 25 years later.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

McCain: Obama Doesn't Understand Hacks Are Warfare

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 11:44 AM

Sen. John McCain, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said President Barack Obama doesn't unde . . .

Mike Rogers: Obama Said 'Aloha' Instead of Acting on Sony Hackers

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 10:01 AM

House Intelligence Committee chairman said on Sunday the United States has the capability to make it very hard for North . . .

Pakistan Hangs Four More Militants After School Attack

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 09:55 AM

Pakistan on Sunday executed four more militants after ending a six-year old moratorium on the death penalty following a  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved