Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Next Supreme Court Nominee Should Be...

The National Organization for Women
The next Supreme Court nominee should be a woman. Agree or disagree?
Agreed! And not just any woman -- we need a justice who, like retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, understands that women's rights are human rights, and that our fundamental freedoms cannot legitimately be taken away by any legislature.
Out of 111 Supreme Court justices in history, only three have been women. Today, only two of the nine Supreme Court justices are women! In fact, women make up less than one-quarter of federal and well under one-third of state-level judgeships -- despite the fact that nationally, women make up 48 percent of law school graduates.
The National Organization for Women needs your urgent support so we can make the case for parity. Will you make a contribution today?
We've already been told by a senator who sits on the Judiciary Committee that we shouldn't hold out hope for a female nominee because -- as he put it -- "You just got one."
At 17 percent of Congress, less than 20 percent of state governorships, and two out of nine Supreme Court justices, women are nowhere near to equal representation.
We aim to change that, and you can help by making a contribution today.
Of course, we were delighted by the recent appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Court. But there is a very large pool of qualified women who support reproductive rights for women, full equality for the LGBT community and justice for other under-represented members of society.
How long will it take for these groups to see themselves represented in equitable proportion on our nation's highest court? Donate today.
NOW's national campaign for full equality for all women -- our Campaign to Ratify Women -- includes speaking out and taking action for political parity. We're demonstrating, writing letters and emails, making phone calls and volunteering for candidates -- because we're determined to put more feminist women in Congress, state governorships and legislatures and on the Supreme Court -- where we belong.
You can help us. Please donate today.
For justice and equality,
Terry O'Neill
NOW President
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