Photo (of a painting) of the Day: The Women of the Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor (left) and Elena Kagan are shown standing behind Sandra Day O'Connor (left) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who are sitting. | AP Photo
A new painting depicts all of the four women who have ever, in the history of the United States, ever, ever, ever sat on the Supreme Court… ever! Can you name all of these women? 
Monday, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled this portrait of Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. The painting, an oil-on-canvas is by artist the Nelson Shanks  and was commissioned by art collectors Ian and Annette Cumming, who have leant it to the Smithsonian to display for three years.

Kim Sujet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery,  hopes the painting encourages discussion on “breaking barriers” for women and said,  “The scale of this painting speaks to the grand accomplishments made by these four women and the example they set for future generations… I imagine this portrait will spark a conversation among young people, particularly young women.”

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    This portrait made me cry. When I was a little kid dreaming of being a lawyer, there never had been a woman on the US Supreme Court. These women are my mothers in law and I love them.

  2. Posted October 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    “A new painting depicts all of the four women who have ever, in the history of the United States, ever, ever, ever sat on the Supreme Court… ever!”

    And when you can figure out how to change the past, we can work on correcting it. It’s also important to understand that the majority are currently serving. It’s important to know where we’ve come from, but it also important to understand that things are changing.

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