It’s always a great day when women are able to advance to positions of power in this country. But no one should advance just because they have two X chromosomes.
The debate raging today was whether President Obama’s decision to pick Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court was merely based on how empathetic she would be because she’s a woman, because she’s Latina, because she grew up in the Bronx projects.
But few are debating her judicial record, which will be, after all, what we’ll all care about if she’s confirmed.
I’m all for women climbing the ladder of success, but just as many of us are angry that women don’t get jobs because of their gender, we should also not accept women advancing just because they are women. That’s definitely not fair to men, and I’d even argue it ultimately won’t be fair to women if individuals who don’t have the chops to do a job land a gig because of any reason other than competence to do that job.
Does anyone remember Harriet Miers?
Don’t get me wrong, it sounds like Sotomayor is indeed qualified based on my quick read of her record.
We just need to be debating her record mainly. That doesn’t mean we won’t be dancing in the street celebrating the confirmation of another female on the highest court in the land. Let’s just be dancing to the tune of the real deal and not some Milli Vanilli.
What’s your take? Should we just be advancing women because they’re women? Have women been screwed for so long that it’s the only way to level the playing field? Would a women justice be more empathetic to women’s issues? Is that a good thing for someone who should be interpreting the law for all?