That’s right, once Elena Kagan was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, the court officially had three sitting female justices for the first time in history.
Change.org has a short, but good, article about this very fact from back in August when Kagan was confirmed.
Elena Kagan made history just a few minutes ago when she was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court. Not only is she the fourth woman ever to serve in that august office, her place on the bench makes today the first time in history that we have three female Supreme Court Justices sitting at one time.
Read the rest of that article here.
This is something that all women need to take note of. This is something that is awesome, and something that we’re all seeing for the first time–something we might never have seen in our lifetime. More and more firsts, things that we thought were pretty far off in coming, have happened in our lifetimes while many of us are still young. While many other women are still just girls, still just children, babies, or have yet to be born. This is a milestone, and it is paving the way for other women to follow in the footsteps of these justices and to traverse their own paths toward equality.
No matter how often our opponents change the position of the goalposts, change the height of the bar, we will rise to meet it. And one day, hopefully within our lifetimes or within the lifetimes of those just being born now, the glass ceiling will be irreparably shattered for all women.
We aren’t there, yet, not by a long shot, but we shouldn’t become disheartened. Milestones like this one do happen and will continue to happen, and each one moves us just a little closer to our goal of equality. We are closing the gap, even if it isn’t as fast as we would like. We will get there.