Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation has made history. Judge Jackson is now officially the first Black woman to become a Supreme Court justice.

Thursday afternoon, April 7th, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson received the final vote and historic confirmation the world was waiting for.

In addition to becoming the first Black woman to hold the title of Supreme Court justice, Jackson is also the first ever public defender to serve in the 232-year history of the Court.

Jackson is expected to be sworn in after Justice Stephen Breyer retires, sometime in the summer of 2022. Until then, today’s event stands strong as:

“A Glass-shattering achievement for America.”

— Sen. Dick Durbin

Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Miami-Dade County, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been passionate about law ever since she was a child. So much so, that when she was in high school, her ultimate goal was to become a Harvard Law School student.

Although her guidance counselor at the time told her to “not set her sights so high”, she went on to build an academic legacy:

  • Miami Palmetto Senior High School Student Body President
  • Harvard University Magna Cum Laude Graduate
  • Harvard Law School Cum Laude Graduate and Harvard Law Review Editor

Jackson’s professional achievements include being a Judge on both the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but also serving as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Historic win for powerful women

Building an empire takes years and years of creating and defending. And that’s what lies behind Ketanji Brown Jackson’s unprecedented accomplishment today.

For women around the world, this is a double confirmation that you can do anything you put your mind to.

If you put in the work, stand up for what you believe in, and persist in your actions, your empire is limitless.

Featured image source: H2rty, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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