Supreme Court Justice
As of 2022, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is one of four women sitting on the nation’s highest court, a record number of female jurists in the Court’s history. A Democrat nominated by President Barak Obama in 2009, she is passionate about issues like race, gender, and the still-murky record of ex-President Trump. Though she has stellar credentials of past service in both the local and federal court as well as a teaching history at the NYU School of Law and Columbia Law School, the uphill battle facing her and the other women on SCOTUS would be daunting for anyone.
Why They Made the Worthy 100: Simply put, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t back down and she never gives up—even with conservatives winning “victories” like the overturning Roe v. Wade or blocking attempts to introduce racial injustice into ongoing trials such as the current one involving Andre Thomas. Rather than being daunted by an increasingly conservative court, Sotomayor is relentlessly keeping liberal hope alive by crafting dissents, making impassioned speeches, and standing for the values she believes in.