April 2022: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Women Rise To The Top
by Cassandra A. Tindal
Womenz Straight Talk Magazine
The world is witnessing another historical event for women, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the White House; with Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black women to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It appears that President Biden has fulfilled his pledge, as he vowed to do once a vacancy presented itself; by selecting Judge Jackson (A black women) for this prestigious position. Jackson, 51, was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Miami. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. And has a proven track record of being extremely qualified as an extraordinary nominee.
This is an event that should straighten the spines of women everywhere to remind them that times are changing, and there is room at the top if we apply our skills for such a position of power.
On The Shoulders of Those That Came Before
Ketanji Brown Jackson ceremony speech given at the white house notably mentioned that her rise to the top was not without the opportunities given by others to apply her skills, when obtaining work as one of Justice Stephen Beyer’s law clerks in her early career, before becoming a federal judge in 2013. She would be the sixth women to serve on the court, but would join three others already there, including the first Latina, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Her parents, Johnny and Ellery Brown, chose her name to express their pride in her family’s African ancestry. Ketanji Onyika, meaning is “lovely one.”
Jackson, spoke of the historic nature of her nomination, noting that she shared a birthday with Constance Baker Motley, the first Black women to be confirmed to the federal bench. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said in a statement that the panel will move forward on consideration with a tentative goal of confirmation by April 8th.
Hundreds of women through-out history has fought in solidarity and paved the way for others. Women like: Marie Carie, Rosa Parks, Josephine Butler, Wangari Maathai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Recognized today for their tenacity, and for making a difference in the world.