Women And The Supreme Court

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A few years ago, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “People ask me sometimes, when — when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine.” Justice Ginsburg aims for a future where women can achieve the same monopoly on the Supreme Court that men held for nearly two hundred years; she is optimistic that someday, nine women will be able to reach the height of the American judicial system. The path to an all-female Supreme Court is quite an unlikely one, but a strong and diverse court with women and people of color could be created and would greatly benefit many marginalized groups in the United States. In this paper, I will discuss a number of topics regarding woman and the Supreme Court from historical precedents to objective research to the importance of female judges and Justices and finally to the possibilities of the future. Each of these steps is vital to fully understanding how we got to our country’s current place in female jurisprudence and creating future opportunities for women both on the Supreme Court and in all other levels of the judicial system across the United States. In nearly the first two hundred years of the United States’ existence, not a single woman served on the Supreme Court of the United States. In that time, the court made hundreds if not thousands of decisions that changed the lives of women around the country, but the women had no say in how the cases were
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