During the brutal U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Ketanji Brown Jackson displayed flawless poise, indomitable strength, and grit. She taught the masterclass, standing on the shoulders of her ancestors. She represented every little girl, every minority, and every woman who like Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table…bring your own chair!” Judge Brown is every woman who has ever aspired to be free from the antiquated notions about a woman’s place in society. But like Hilary Clinton’s “million cracks in the glass ceiling,” KBJ just broke the sound barrier. And it was an earthquake heard around the world. There’s no putting this genie back in the bottle.
This historic elevation to the Supreme Court could not have been possible without the 2020 election of Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both from the state of Georgia. Their election was hard fought by another superstar, Stacey Abrams, currently running for governor of Georgia. Stacey led the “fair fight” campaign and organized grassroots activists working to strengthen democracy and challenge voter suppression, culminating in a senate majority for democrats.
This historic event in our nation shows that every vote counts and voter participation in every election matters. We must press on in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsberg who famously said, “I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”