February 25, 2022

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Biden Announces Historic Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, First Black Woman Nominee in U.S. History

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) CEO and President C. Nicole Mason today hailed President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Black woman ever nominated for the nation’s highest bench.

“Today we are all a witness to history. President Biden has fulfilled his promise to further diversify the Supreme Court, nominating the highly respected Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Breyer. Judge Jackson is the first Black woman ever nominated to serve on our nation’s highest court, marking another important milestone in the ongoing struggle for racial equality in this country,” said Mason.

“Judge Jackson’s nomination comes at a crucial time for the court. Monumental issues regarding race, voting, and reproductive and civil rights loom on the court’s docket. The Supreme Court used to be the last line of defense against laws that harm people and curtail their freedoms, but not today’s court. Too many justices seem determined to roll back key protections that Americans have relied on for decades. Now more than ever, we need a diverse court, with justices that respect precedent and remain committed to expanding freedoms and protections, especially for women and communities of color,” said Mason.

“Judge Jackson is a highly qualified jurist and the right person for the court at this crucial juncture in American history. It is my hope that the Senate can come together and quickly confirm her,” said Mason.


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