National Partnership for Women & Families

Proud Moment for the Nation, Ness Says

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — August 6, 2009 —
“Today is a historic day when, for the first time ever, the United States Senate has confirmed a Latina to serve on our highest court. Sonia Sotomayor will be a superb Supreme Court Justice and an inspirational figure for generations to come.

Justice Sotomayor has a demonstrated commitment to equal justice and privacy rights, outstanding qualifications and vast and impressive judicial experience. She will bring welcome diversity to our nation’s highest court.

There is real reason to hope that our 111th Justice will deepen the Supreme Court’s commitment to justice and privacy, and to ensuring that every person in this country can live free from discrimination.

There is no question that this appointment will be a proud part of President Obama’s legacy. We commend every Senator who voted to confirm Justice Sotomayor the first Latino and only the third woman on the Court. This is a proud moment for the nation.”

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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