The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom

Wed, May 12, 2010

Changing the World, Equal Pay

I’m pretty happy that President Obama has nominated another woman to the Supreme Court — three out of nine still isn’t the ratio I’d like to see of women to men, but it’s a great step in the right direction.

Last year, when Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the highest court in the land, I suggested that with six women on the President’s short list for that slot, it would be good to think about putting a woman who’s been a working mom on the Court, not just because of the role model opportunity it would provide, but because it would bring a much needed real life perspective to cases on gender discrimination, equal pay and reproductive rights that working mothers struggle with constantly.  Not to mention moms are really good referees!

So while I have no problem with Obama’s choice this time around of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, I’m still thinking over at my column, Speaker of the House, that a mom’s point of view would be a good one.

And hey, Peter Beinart — just remember, I wrote about this idea a whole year before you did!  ;)

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4 Responses to “The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom”

  1. Shannon Drury Says:

    Right on, Pundit Mom. Diversity encompasses so much more than gender, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation. Though the Kagan pick is a fine one (hell, anyone that El Rushbo hates can’t be too bad), it’s time to reconsider diversity of life experience.

  2. PunditMom Says:

    Although, Shannon, as we know from the last time around, the GOP doesn’t think life experience should matter — unless it’s their own!

  3. Emily Says:

    Isn’t Ruth Bader Ginsberg a mom? But as we know she’ll be probably retiring in the next couple of years.

  4. PunditMom Says:

    She is. So was Sandra Day O’Connor. Ginsburg has spoken frequently about how she was discriminated against when she graduated from law school, about trying to hide pregnanices and even in the past couple of years has been quite open about gender issues with the other justices. I think she needs some back-up!


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