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


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’


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


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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Help Choose Nine Women to Run the World


I recently came up with an idea: that it would be revelatory to ask as many women who were willing to “nominate” our next world leaders to choose who, among women, they’d put forward to lead the world. This seems more apt than ever, given last week’s decision by the Supreme Court, which may guarantee even more corporate sponsorship of…
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Why Justice Sotomayor Made me Cry


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!


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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Updated: Benjamin and Sotomayor Set to Change .. Well, Everything


For updates on Day Two of the Senate hearing on Sotomayor, scroll to the end of this post.) This week, two 53-year-old women were front and center on the national stage: Judge Sonia Sotomayor, as Senate hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court began, and a primary care physician from Louisiana named Regina Benjamin, who was appointed today to…
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