National Partnership for Women & Families

Women's Leader Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote To Confirm Kagan, Urges All Senators To Confirm Kagan Next Week

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — July 20, 2010 —
"We are delighted that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an exceedingly well-qualified nominee with an extraordinary legal mind, a proud history of public service, a proven ability to bring together people with diverse views, and a deep, unwavering commitment to equal justice.

Kagan’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee was impressive, demonstrating a keen intellect and a thoughtful approach to legal issues. She easily persuaded all those with fair and open minds to vote to confirm her.

We hope and expect that, very soon, Kagan will become the fourth woman to serve on our highest court. We are confident she will be a superb Justice.

This is a good day for our nation. We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for bringing us one step closer to the day when — for the first time in history — three women will serve together on our highest court. We look forward to the full Senate vote next week, and urge all Senators of both parties to confirm this highly qualified candidate."

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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