It pays to have more women on the Supreme Court

Crossposted at Of Means and Ends.

The proponents of a colorblind, gender-blind, whatever else-blind outlook on the world don’t just undermine attempts to identify and rectify discrimination. They also ignore the valuable perspective one can bring from experiencing American culture as someone other than a straight white man.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor was pilloried in some corners for her acknowledgement of this reality during her confirmation process. She pointed out that “ a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” and then had to listen to a bunch of white men tell her how racist she was.

This Supreme Court arguments on whether corporations can claim a religious freedom objection to covering women’s contraception provided a wonderful display of how having that variety of experience on the court can be crucial: 

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