This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to be Associate Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court. The National Women’s Law Center just released the following statement:
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A statement from Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) follows:
“The strong vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee today reflects Elena Kagan’s exceptional qualifications and remarkable record. We applaud the Committee for bringing such an outstanding nominee one step closer to making history by becoming the fourth woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
“Elena Kagan’s sterling credentials and her record inspire great confidence that her approach to legal questions will be open-minded, scrupulously fair, and that she will respect the intent of the law and its contours as her guiding principles. Her testimony before the Committee only reinforced her record of supporting the constitutional and legal rights upon which women rely.
“With Elena Kagan’s confirmation, there will be three women Justices on the court for the first time in history, nearly thirty years after the now-retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor broke through the glass ceiling to become the first woman Justice. This important first for the Supreme Court is one more step toward the time when women Justices will no longer be viewed as the exception, but rather part of what is normal and routine.
“The National Women’s Law Center wholeheartedly supports Elena Kagan’s confirmation and urges the Senate to vote on her nomination before the August recess so that she can begin the important work that awaits her.”