For the first time in United States history, there are more high heels, or flats, on the ground at the Supreme Court than male loafers. That’s right, in celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the women’s right to vote, now there are more women clerking for the Justices that interpret our Constitution each day than the number of male clerks. Elle Woods would be so proud of us.
While some women may be clerks for a “living document” type Justice, or some supporting “originalism” based justices, both ideas should celebrate the idea that women are achieving great heights.
In fact, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg—a noted progressive—complimented the newest Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative appointed by President Trump, for helping to achieve this historical benchmark: “It’s thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh, whose entire staff are all women.”
Asking both males and females in legal professions, seeking such professions, reveals a similar shared belief:
“It’s encouraging to see that competition is allowed to thrive in an often times slow moving industry. No one should be denied opportunities based on something so trivial such as sex or gender.” – Jay Nava, a paralegal in central Florida.
“This is a well-deserved honor! In 1873 in Bradwell v. Illinois, the Supreme Court upheld an Illinois law that said women can’t practice law. It’s amazing to see how far women have come from not being able to be lawyers, to now having more women than male clerks at the Supreme Court. It’s a testament to how valuable women’s contributions are to the legal profession.” – Jen Lee, a rising second-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
While we cannot, and should not support the promotion of unqualified women to clerk ships just because of their gender, we can certainly revel in the fact that truly qualified women are achieving such heights because of their education and legal knowledge.
Congratulations to the Supreme Court of the United States, and congratulations to women for this historic landmark. Let’s continue to promote patriotism, a love for the Constitution, and an appreciation for the civic careers that do so much to support and defend our freedoms.