The new judge on the Supreme Court has made quite a stir in the legal and governmental circles throughout her confirmation hearings. Now that she has been confirmed, her status has become a symbol for many Latin women across the country.
This large demographic group of Latin American women, are poised to follow her example and support her in her new role as Supreme Court Justice. This article is devoted to those who want to follow her through her tenure and support her by learning "How to Become a Wise Latina".
This new term was derived from a comment made during her confirmation hearings "I would hope 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". The catch phrase is now the motto that Latin women adorn on their T-shirts, mugs and car bumpers.
A compliment at first, the term quickly turned into a battle cry for support as she began to wind down her hearings and transition into history. Her confirmation testimony in front of a large contingent of stuffy senators was a testament to her abilities and intelligence as a judge who deserved their respect.
The "Wise Latina" message emblazoned across shirts accompanies a sense of excitement and pride within many Latin communities across the country. Seen as an iconic symbol, she begins to take her place in history and is seen by many as an opportunity to have representation and define themselves by her accomplishments.
Latin Americans are fast becoming the new majority of our country, but still struggle to be heard within their communities and organized governments. Having a symbolic voice within the highest court in the land is similar and as important to having the first African American in the white house. The ideal that a Latina woman could go so far in the judicial system is spawning splinter groups devoted to politics and other issues that affect them.
In conclusion, many women who identify with Justice Sotomayor and her symbolism will wear their message proudly. The idea that they can learn "How to become a Wise Latina" will help future generations to accomplish more than they thought possible. It is a great story to tell and will bring hope and inspiration to many young women Latin American or not.