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Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906

NOW Calls for Swift Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor to Supreme Court

Statement of NOW President Kim Gandy


Today millions of women and girls will watch and listen as the
historic confirmation hearings begin for Judge Sonia Sotomayor,
nominated by President Barack Obama for a seat on the U.S. Supreme
Court. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic justice
and only the third woman ever to serve on the high court.

We fully expect the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask probing
questions, meticulously interview witnesses, and examine Judge
Sotomayor's past decisions. Then we are confident the full Senate will
confirm Judge Sotomayor enthusiastically, judiciously, and swiftly.

There is no denying that Judge Sotomayor is highly qualified to
replace retiring Justice David Souter. Walking in the door, she has
more judicial experience than any seated Supreme Court justice had
prior to confirmation. She brings a lifelong commitment to equality,
justice and opportunity, as well as the respect of her peers,
unassailable integrity, and a keen intellect informed by experience.
Judge Sotomayor will serve this nation with distinction.

It is also past time for the court to more closely reflect the
population of this diverse country. The National Organization for Women
echoes the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has said having
only one woman on the court sends the wrong message about women's roles
in U.S. society. Canada's Supreme Court, for example, has four women
justices, including a female chief justice. We look forward to seeing
Judge Sotomayor join Justice Ginsburg on the court by the first Monday
in October, when the court's term begins.

Media interested in interviewing NOW officers on the
confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor on Monday, July 13, please
contact NOW Press Secretary Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116;
202-641-1906 (cell); or e-mail at

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.