Wednesday Girl Crush: Sonia Sotomayor

That’s Justice Sotomayor to you! She’s the first Latina appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and she’s proud of her heritage and culture. Sotomayor grew up in the Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents and went on to attend Princeton University and Yale Law School (um, wow). She’s always pursued public service roles, from her start as an assistant district attorney in New York City to finding time to for social causes even while working in private practice. Sotomayor has fought to help low income people find housing, pushed for minorities to have their votes counted, and became a stickler for ensuring that political campaigns followed the rules. She just gave a rousing speech at Stanford, answering questions from students and accepting a “Fear the Nerds” t-shirt from the crowd. She responded by saying, “I grew up being a nerd. Take pride in being nerds.” Sotomayor talked about how her love of education began when her father died during her childhood and she turned to books as an escape from sadness. She encouraged the students to become an informed citizen before specializing in anything else, “Take courses in areas that don’t particularly interest you but might make you a more knowledgeable person. … Curious people go further.” Gosh, she’s cool.  I bet you agree don’t you.

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