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Sonia Sotomayor has opened many doors for the Latino community in becoming the first Latin American woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. This achievement generated a lot of well-deserved media attention that placed Sotomayor in the spotlight. Graduating summa cum laude from both Princeton and Yale, serving as a judge in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit she established a career that deserved all the attention she obtained only when she became a Supreme Court justice. Yet it was her appointment to the Supreme Court that launched a newfound wave of Latino support, not her previous but equally admirable achievements. Sotomayor’s accomplishments are extensive; a simple Google search will deliver the full extent of her awesomeness if the opening paragraph was not enough. Although books and volumes can be written on her political ideology, views on critical S.C.O.T.U.S. decisions, and dissenting and concurring opinions Sotomayor has focused her memoir My Beloved World on exactly that, her world. Although it is due to the new chapter in her life (in becoming a S.C.O.T.U.S. judge) that she felt the need to write her book, she ends it twenty years before that chapter begins. Not ignoring its importance in her life but illuminating the path that led to it. It is critical that readers understand the purpose and drive behind Sotomayor’s book. She is not writing about her beloved political world, but rather the world that allowed her to enter the realm of politics. Her story is inspiring and although I do not believe it was her intention to inspire others, that is exactly what she has done. Sotomayor provides intimate personal details that co... ... middle of paper ... ... thought that Sotomayor shares serves a dual purpose. The first is that it propels her narrative forward, citing her sources of inspiration and educative moments that formed her. The second is that she provides social commentary on how she feels others should carry themselves in order to obtain success. Being actively engaged in an education was a key to her success, and therefore a key to success. Many other generalizations can be made from what she calls “Teaching moments,” however the entire book is a teaching moment. The obstacles she faced are not special to her. Everyone can relate to her on some level, whether it is through her struggle with diabetes, racism, affirmative action, or personal insecurities. Sotomayor offers great lessons that she learned the hard way. She was kind enough to write them down and share them, and the least we could do is listen.
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