Statement from Monica Gray, CEO of YWCA National Capital Area:
Today, President Biden announced the nomination of DC native Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the court.
Judge Jackson’s judicial qualifications are impressive. She is a Harvard Law School graduate, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professionally, she has served as Justice Breyer’s law clerk; a federal public defender, representing defendants on appeal who did not have the means to pay for a lawyer; and as a Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In addition, she served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, where she focused on reducing unwarranted sentencing disparities and ensuring that federal sentences were just and proportionate.
She has shown through her extensive experience and commitment to justice for all that she is beyond qualified for this nomination.
This nomination is historic, long-awaited, and very much needed for the highest court. As we know, Black women have long carried the work of justice in this country, often without proper recognition and support. Jackson’s voice and legal leadership on the court will not only show young women & girls what is possible, but also that Black women should always have a seat at the table or on the highest court in our nation.
We are hopeful for a smooth confirmation process and are excited to see the Supreme Court have Justices that support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We will be watching–and, if necessary–making our voices heard loud & clear in support of the historic nomination.