Paving the Way for Women: A Spotlight on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor

November 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

File:Sonia Sotomayor in SCOTUS robe.jpgIn the spirit of election season, I thought it’d be ideal to highlight what has been done this term to increase awareness to women’s rights and equality. Sonia Maria Sotomayor came to mind immediately. Sonia has served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Untitled States since 2009. She is the first Hispanic justice, the third female justice, and the Court’s 11th justice overall. George H.W. Bush nminated Sotomayor to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1991, and in 1997 she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barrack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Her nomination was confirmed by Senate with a 68-31 majority vote.

In her time serving, Sotomayor has had the opportunity to approve the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA*), an act that extends health care coverage and seeks to eliminate barriers to receiving affordable health care. This ruling has had a significant impact on women in the United States. Under the previous health care system, women can be denied coverage for the following: if they had breast cancer, a C-section, or have been sexually assaulted. Insurance companies can no longer deny women the rightto health care for reasons such as these. Women were previously being charged more for health care….simply because they were women. The ACA ends this unfair practice.

We can only hope to continue to increase women’s awareness and equality, not only within the health care system, but throughout all facets of society. It is women like Sonia Maria Sotomayor who help pave the way for our future.

– Brandi S.

*http://www.plannedparenthoodadvocate.org/obama/

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