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Timeline: Women and the Supreme Court

In the Media
Doctor Christine Blasey Ford
On September 27, 2018 doctor of psychology Doctor, Christine Blasey Ford testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony is the zenith of the #MeToo movement. Dr. Blasey Ford is not the first woman to question the fitness of a man for the supreme court due to his actions, but her testimony was polarizing in the contemporary political field. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony and #MeToo has helped fight for the rights of victims of sexual assault and abuse. Even though Dr. Blasey Ford failed to stop the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her actions have propelled the movement.

In Contemporary History
Attorney Anita Hill
On October 11th, 1991 Attorney Anita Hill testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Attorney Hill’s is notable because of how her accusations affect the modern world. Attorney Hill was one of the first women to accuse man in the power of misconduct. She did this in a time that sexual assault victims weren’t trusted or shunted to preserve the assaulter’s reputation. Attorney Hill sacrificed her reputation and public life to plant the seeds of a movement that would aim to protect women that have been in her position.

In the History
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
On September 25, 1981, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in and joined the bench of the supreme court. Twelve years later she was joined by the infamous RBG. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. She was known for being the deciding vote in multiple cases. In her early career, she was denied paid jobs in law firms because of her gender. Her actions shattered the glass ceiling of the Supreme Court.

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