The fact that Kagan would be only the fourth woman to serve on the
Supreme Court is clearly important and remarkable. But Eva Rodriguez
the Washington Post, for one, would prefer we not make such a fuss
about it. The relative lack of attention paid to Kagan's gender is a
good thing, she argues, because it shows that such qualities are now
Yes, Kagan was the first woman to serve as
dean of Harvard Law School. Yes, she broke the glass ceiling to become
the first female solicitor general of the United States. So what?
prefers that the focus stay on Kagan's qualities as a "smart, tough,
inclusive" figure. As a result, she objects to the time Senator Dianne Feinstein spent extolling Kagan as a "role model for young women." Instead, she argues that the "lack of fanfare" in other quarters about
her being a woman--just like the lack of hubbub about Eric Holder's race--is a good thing:
I was pleased that little attention was paid to the fact that she is a
woman when she was nominated as solicitor general and then to the
Supreme Court. I felt much the same way when not much was made of the
fact that Obama's nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder, would
become the first African American to hold that position. I hoped that
this lack of fanfare signaled our evolution as a society and an
implicit acceptance that -- of course! -- there are a multitude of
highly-qualified men and women of all colors and backgrounds who belong
in positions of power and influence.
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