Senate Judiciary Committee votes for Kagan

Elena Kagan
Via the LA Times:

Elena Kagan, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee on a nearly party-line vote Tuesday, her next to last hurdle before gaining a lifetime seat on the high court.
The vote was 13-6, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joining the majority Democrats.
If she is confirmed by the Senate as expected early in August, the nine-member court will have four Democratic appointees for the first time since 1971. And for the first time ever, three of the justices will be women, and none will be a Protestant.

Yes, three women would be the most on the 9 seat court at the same time ever. So I guess that’s progress.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • Rosie’s girl

    The good news is, 3 out of 9 is 33%, which political analysts say is “critical mass”, or the minimum percentage of a party/group that needs to be women-oriented in order for policies/decisions to start reflecting women’s issues and concerns. That’s why in other countries when parties or parliaments commit to equality, they make the provision that 33% of seats must go to women.

  • Dena

    Well, it sure is a hell of a lot better than only having two women on the bench, right? But I definitely know what you mean.
    I can’t wait to see what she does as Supreme Court Justice. Yay!

  • daveNYC

    Yeah, I really don’t see three women having much influence on Scalia, Alito, Roberts or Thomas. Well, they might have some influence on Thomas, but most likely not in a good way.