As we continue to process the massive loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg we turn to Latina Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s quotes for motivation to maintain hopeful in these unprecedented times. Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are now the only women sitting on the nation’s highest court today. Sotomayor, who has Puerto Rican roots, was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 and became the first Latinx person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s the third woman to ever serve as an Associate Justice in the high court. Sotomayor never backs down from opposing her peers or writing solo dissents.
Here are some of Sotomayor’s most inspiring quotes to keep you motivated as we move towards the 2020 Presidential election.
“Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths,” Sotomayor told the audience of NYU graduates during her 2012 commencement address.
“A career is a job you train for, or prepare for and plan on doing for a long time,” Sotomayor said to Abby on Sesame Street, who replied that she wanted to be a princess. “Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career.”
“I have never, ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive,” Sotomayor told NPR.
“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,” Sotomayor said in a 2001 speech.
“I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth,” Sotomayor told NPR.
“If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them,” Sotomayor told Oprah.