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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

By Diane Vacca
By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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Wednesday 5: Women and U.S. Foreign Policy, Rosa Parks, Heart Disease, Sonia Sotomayor, & ‘Paperman’

By Women's Voices For Change
Hillary Clinton's work on women's and girls' advancement into U.S foreign policy; the Rosa Parks we don't know; a call to action for black women on the risks of heart disease; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a rock star; and an Oscar-nominated animated short film, "Paperman," that allows us to appreciate the beauty in simplicity.
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Wednesday 5: Kate Middleton, Kerry Washington, Angela Patton, Jodie Foster, and Sonia Sotomayor

By Women's Voices For Change
In this week's Wednesday 5, we ponder whether criticism of Kate Middleton's official portrait is inherently sexist; hope for a black female heroine we can relate to in "Django Unchained"; marvel at (and also try to understand) Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech, feel incredibly inspired by one woman's idea to create father-daughter dances in prison; and applaud Justice Sonia Sotomayor for making history (again!).
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Supreme Court Buzz, Part 3: Obama Completes Sonia Sotomayor’s Ascent From a Life of Struggle

By Chris Lombardi
Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Last night, President Obama called all three of the women we last mentioned as potential Supreme Court Justices and told them he had chosen the very first on our list, 55-year-old New York judge Sonia Sotomayor — despite a whisper campaign that had already questioned her intelligence and…
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Why Justice Sotomayor Made me Cry

By Diane Vacca
I really can’t explain why, but my eyes welled up as I watched Sonia Sotomayor take the Judicial Oath on Saturday to become the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court, the third woman and the first Hispanic to sit on that exalted bench. I cheered and applauded as she concluded, flanked by her brother and especially by her mother, the…
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Congratulations, Justice Sotomayor!

By Women's Voices For Change
Today, Judge Sonia Sotomayor became Justice Sotomayor — the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.   WVFC has been watching these weeks before her confirmation with great interest — with news blogs as President Obama chose her and a sharp commentary by Diane Vacca of the deep sexism in the media’s treatment of the third female Justice in history. Late last week,…
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Wednesday 5: Powerful Women and their Magazine Covers, Patti Smith, More

By Women's Voices For Change
In this week's Wednesday 5: magazine covers that got it right when depicting powerful women; how presidents talk about women in SOTU speeches; an in-depth interview with Patti Smith; an online site that connects neighbor with neighbor—even in New York City; and a young girl in Afghanistan uses boxing as an avenue to freedom.
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