Today, President Biden honored his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States. As an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls and eliminating racism, YWCA USA CEO, Margaret Mitchell, issued the following statement:
“Over the course of its history, the Supreme Court of the United States has lacked both gender and racial diversity. The Court was not served by a woman justice until 1981, and just three justices of the 115 who have been appointed have been people of color. This historic day – the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominee, marks a critical and long overdue shift toward a Court that looks more like the people it is charged to serve.
Black women are the backbone of American democracy. For far too long, Black women have been overlooked, ignored, and undervalued for positions in our judicial system and our communities have continued to suffer as a result. From voting rights to maternal health, having a Black woman on the Supreme Court will offer new insights and perspectives that prioritizes and centers the needs of Black and brown communities.
While we at YWCA we know that nominating the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice will not fix the myriad of problems in our legal system, we are more hopeful than ever for a Court that better represents the communities our nearly 200 YWCAs across the nation serve and the opportunity to push our nation closer to fairer and more just outcomes for people of color.”