Full Life Heroes: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor has been officially sworn in as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court Judge. Judge Sotomayor’s story is one that truly epitomizes the meaning of striving for greatness.

Judge Sotomayor’s rise from a single-parent home in a Bronx-housing project to the highest judicial position in the land is a testament to the power or hard work, tenacity, and striving for success regardless of the obstacles in one’s way. Her confirmation (she was approved on Thursday by 68 votes to 31) has bolstered the notion that organizations, institutions, governments, and nations function best when they embrace diversity. Regardless of whether or not she will serve as a “wise Latina” on the bench, it is the recognition of her long record of public service above all other considerations that truly serves the cause of diversity. Roughly 15 percent of the US population (1) is classed as Hispanic , and Sotomayor’s confirmation is a concrete recognition of their vital contribution to this nation.

I look forward to seeing what Judge Sotomayor will bring to the bench, and hope that future appointment at the highest levels of government continue to make the case for diversity.


1: Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and Country Quickfacts.

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