In the history of the Supreme Court, only four women have ever sat on the bench. In this alone, Justice Sotomayor earns a place of distinction and honor in the annals of history, but she also happens to be the first person of Hispanic heritage to don the robe and gavel at 1 First Street in our nation’s capital.

It’s an unfortunate truth that women in the United States are routinely underrepresented in positions of power and influence. Yet since 2009, the only appointees to the United States Supreme Court have been wildly intelligent legal minds brimming with experience, both female. Justice Sotomayor represents the new guard in American politics, one where merit reigns supreme.