Women’s equality has made huge advancements in the United States in the past decade. One of the most influential persons to the movement has been a woman named Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ruth faced gender discrimination many times throughout her career and worked hard to ensure that discrimination based on a person’s gender would be eliminated for future generations. Ginsburg not only worked to fight for women’s equality but fought for the rights of men, as well, in order to show that equality was a human right’s issue and not just a problem that women faced. Though she faced hardships and discrimination, Ruth never stopped working and thanks to her equality is a much closer reality than it was fifty years ago. When Ruth first started her journey in law, women were practically unheard of as lawyers; now three women sit on the bench of the highest court in the nation.
Judicial Tyranny was a very thought-provoking read and even though the reader may agree with Mr. Sutherland’s view point, a rational thinker must admit that he and his colleagues do the very same thing they accuse the federal courts are doing - forcing their beliefs and opinions (court rulings) on the reader. It can be reasonably argued that some of the statements written were just as radical and antagonistic as it accused the judiciary of being. Even though I may agree with most of what was written, as an unbiased reader I have to admit that the work was presumptive and does not fully address other important issues concerning the federal court system.
The court case of Marbury v. Madison (1803) is credited and widely believed to be the creator of the “unprecedented” concept of Judicial Review. John Marshall, the Supreme Court Justice at the time, is lionized as a pioneer of Constitutional justice, but, in the past, was never really recognized as so. What needs to be clarified is that nothing in history is truly unprecedented, and Marbury v. Madison’s modern glorification is merely a product of years of disagreements on the validity of judicial review, fueled by court cases like Eakin v. Raub; John Marshall was also never really recognized in the past as the creator of judicial review, as shown in the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford.
Maria Hinojosa wrote an essay entitled, “A Supreme Sotomayor: How My Country Has Caught up to Me” (21). Hinojosa writes about minorities and their job status (21). The author believes that minorities are just now getting powerful jobs that can have an effect of the country, for an example the author uses Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor (22). I agree with Hinojosa in which many minorities don’t hold powerful jobs in the Unites States of America. The African-Americans got their freedom in the 1860s and until now the United States have never had an African-American President. Women are also minorities. Women get paid less for the same job. Women are not typically an executive for a business or the President of the Unites States of America. The
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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...
The Supreme Court is crucial to our judicial system, in fact, it has been responsible for deciding the most difficult cases in U.S. history. Ultimately, these cases have been controversial, and as a result, critics have questioned the plausibility of the court’s decisions. There are also those who praise the court’s decisions and believe it has been a move in the right direction for society. Despite the controversy over the ideals of freedom and equality there is one commonality between the differing views, in that the constitution is meant to be a guiding source for legislation. How the constitution is interpreted however, can be quite a different story. Take the Fourteenth Amendment, for example, over the years, it has been interpreted several different ways depending on the Justice and the time in history that the decision was made. The Fourteenth Amendment Clauses, due process clause and equal protection clause, as well as the bill of rights have played an important role in our history’s biggest cases and have changed how we perceive the definition of freedom.
Shortly after high school, Bader attended Cornell University. During her years at Cornell, she became a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi and met her future husband, Martin D. Ginsburg. Bader graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government on June 23, 1954. A month after her graduation, Bader married Ginsburg and moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Soon after, she attended Harvard Law School and became one of nine women to attend that school out of five hundred. Unfortunately, her husband took a job in the city of New York, so she transferred to Columbia Law School and received her Bachelor of Laws in 1959. The reason I chose to write about Mrs. Ginsburg is because I remember her talking to my class. My fourth grade class went on a field trip to Washington, D.C. for a whole week. Over the course of the week, we had gone many different places and learned about many different things, one of them being about the Supreme Court. I can’t remember the building that we were in, but I remember Mrs. Ginsburg talking to us about what the Supreme Court is and its responsibilities. Since I remember her sharing that information with my fourth grade class, I decided to write about
The member of the Supreme Court that will be discussed in this essay is Justice Sonia Sotomayor. According to the biography presented in the Supreme Court website, she was born in Brooklyn, New York, in March 15, 1933. She is of Puerto Rican decent, and was raised by her mother Celina Baez and her father Juan Baez, a nurse and tool and die worker, along her two siblings. She claims that her first leanings toward the justice system came from an episode of the show Perry Mason. Her education background comes from graduating from Princeton in 1976, then she entered Yale Law School, worked as an editor for the Yale Law Journal, and received her J.D. in 1979. Before court appointment she worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, then
Another aspect of her political socialization that does show evidence of influencing her core political beliefs is her gender. Sotomayor’s tie between her gender and her view of the judiciary was made clear when she spoke at the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, that “Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging” (Goldstein & Makon, 2009). Her view pivoted her against her more conservative legal thinkers who called for in deciding cases a more strict reading of facts and law, thereby eliminating their own frames of reference. Sotomayor argued however, that “Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see. . . . I wonder whether by ignoring our differences as women or men of color