Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson appears beside President Joe Biden. Credit: Photo provided by the White House

We see in Judge Jackson, our hope for a better future.

This month, we witnessed the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. After 233 years, a Black woman has achieved the position for which she is unequivocally qualified. She is standing on the shoulders of deserving Black women who were passed over, time and again. Judge Jackson’s confirmation is truly the culmination of the dedication and hard work of Black women who came before her.

Representation matters. Of the 115 justices who have served on the Supreme Court, none have been Black women, even though they make up 7% of the population. Judge Jackson’s appointment represents a historic and essential step forward in creating a Supreme Court that reflects the people most disproportionately affected by their decisions — people of color.

As she begins the crucial work of equal representation, in bringing more diversity to the Court, she will give voice to people of color, women and men. Even when writing dissenting opinions, she can pave the path for a more equitable future — among them, ensuring more just voting rights, fighting for fairer districting laws, and advancing the constitutional amendment that ensures access for a woman’s right to choose.

These are all decisions that disproportionately affect the voices and bodies of people of color. Today, and going forward, Black girls will be able to see themselves in soon to be Justice Jackson, and they can celebrate what their futures will hold.

Godspeed Justice Jackson. We see in you a better future, one of hope, aspiring for justice for all.

Joanne Murray is executive director of the Women’s Fund SouthCoast.

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