Biden selects Jackson as Supreme Court nominee

President Joe Biden recently chose Ketanji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court pick. Starting March 21, there will be several hearings confirming that she may be the new Supreme Court justice. She may be the first woman of color to be appointed to the Supreme Court. 

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Jackson, who was recently appointed to the DC Court of Appeals, has a chance of being promoted to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is the highest level of the judicial system, and where constitutional decisions are made. In the past, only men were in this position, but Sandra Day O’Connor put a stop to this. According to oyez.org, President Ronald Reagan appointed O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981. This gave many women hope for the future in political equality. Jackson could be the fifth woman to be a Supreme Court justice, as well as the first woman of color to be appointed. 

Brian Glashagel, a social studies teacher at ACHS, has been teaching government, sociology and contemporary world issues for 16 years; his perspective is that Jackson’s appointment would be beneficial. 

“Having another female Supreme Court justice is great because of the number of decisions that involve females in this country, but also someone of color,” Glashagel said. 

In the past, women were not allowed to vote. They stayed at home, cooking and cleaning. In 1919, the 19th amendment was passed, and women could have political equality, such as the right to vote. Since then, according to CNN.com, out of the 114 judges that were appointed, 4 have been women, demonstrating a trend that is diverting from only white men being appointed to the Supreme Court.

According to Cnn.com, Democrat leaders are setting a goal of reaching a final senate vote by April 8, 2022. Jackson would be filling current justice Stephen Breyer’s seat. Dick Durban, an Illinois democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said there is no reason to wait on this decision. 

Many others are hoping to meet this goal on time; however, as of March 13, it appears as though some Republicans are against appointing Jackson. According to The Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, is signaling that he is against Jackson’s appointment, and other members of the Republican party, such as Mitch McConnell, are attempting to make her appointment difficult.