One wise Latina woman on her way to Supreme Court


Sonia SotomayorWhen Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in Saturday, she will become the third woman Supreme Court justice and the first Latina.

She will also make history in another way. The ceremony itself will be the first open to TV cameras in the court’s history, according to an Associated Press story.

Sotomayor was confirmed by a 68-31 Senate vote Thursday. Most of the votes in favor of her confirmation came from Democrats, who voted unanimously to confirm. All but nine Republicans voted against her. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) broke ranks and voted for Sotomayor.

The historic confirmation is generating lots of buzz, including tweets pro and con on Twitter.

The nasty tweets made me cringe, but the positive comments made me smile. I, for one, am happy to have one wise Latina woman — who grew up in a Bronx housing project as the daughter of Puerto Rican parents — sitting as a Supreme Court justice.

And, of course, behind Sotomayor is another strong woman, her 81-year-old widowed mother, Celina Sotomayor, a nurse. She owned the only encyclopedia in the Bronx neighborhood where Sonia grew up, and over the years, she served as a sort of one-woman social agency for her friends and neighbors.

Sonia Sotomayor is quick to acknowledge her mother’s strong influence.

“I have often said that I am all I am because of her, and I am only half the woman she is,” she said when President Obama appointed her to the high court.

You can read more stories and commentary about Sotomayor’s confirmation at the links below:

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