When Will There Be a First African-American Woman to Sit on U.S Supreme Court?

Written by Jae Jones

To date there has never been an African-American women to sit on the U.S. justices. There are definitely many highly qualified and powerful women who would make excellent candidates. Many scholars and people have felt that First Lady Michelle Obama would be a great candidate. It was believed that under the leadership of President Obama the world would see the first African-American woman to sit on the U.S Supreme Court, however, it has not happened to date.



“The fact of the matter is that you can look at profiles in Ebony Magazine or some of the women in Jet or Essence Magazine or just look at the National Bar Association, which has a contingent of Black women judges and lawyers, to see some of the stars we have who are not well known to a large extent, but clearly have every one of the qualities and qualifications necessary for the job.” (Edney, 2010)

Some women who are qualified for the position are Marian Wright Edelman, longtime president of the Children’s Defense Fund and the first black woman admitted to practice in the state of Mississippi in the 1960s; Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who already sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and Elaine R. Jones, formerly of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, who has three decades of experience as a litigator and civil rights activist. (Nelson, 2010)

So, the question is now, will there ever be an African-American woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme court? Now, with Obama about to leave office, and did not appoint one during his reign, you can only think that things do not look too bright for the first African-American woman to sit on the U.S Supreme Court.

According to the American Bar Association that wrote in its 2007 report, titled “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms”:

“Women of color experience a double whammy of gender and race, unlike white women or even men of color, who share at least one of these characteristics (gender or race) with those in the upper strata of management. Women of color may face exclusion from informal networks, inadequate institutional support, and challenges to their authority and credibility. They often feel isolated and alienated, sometimes even from other women. Women of color in law firms have been consistently invisible and often ignored in spite of many of the diversity efforts under way in law firms. Our progress on diversity generally has been slow, but our progress with women of color has been even slower.”  So, the people of the United States can only wait and see who will be the next contenders for a sit on the U.S Supreme court. Hopefully, an African-American woman will soon take her rightful seat.  Read more.



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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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