Washington, D.C. — This afternoon, the Biden administration plans to celebrate the confirmation of Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Jackson by a vote of 53-47. 

Independent Women’s Voice and Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) opposed Jackson’s confirmation because her record failed to demonstrate a consistent judicial philosophy of deference to constitutional and statutory text.

IWLC Senior Policy Analyst Inez Stepman, said, “Judge Jackson’s confirmation demonstrates why we need a Women’s Bill of Rights to enshrine the definition of ‘woman’ in law and to protect biological sex as a distinct legal category.”

The Women’s Bill of Rights defines ‘sex’ as a person’s biological sex (either male or female) at birth and seeks to enshrine in law the common understanding of the words ‘woman’, ‘girl’, and ‘mother.’ 

The Women’s Bill of Rights would also codify the Supreme Court’s intermediate scrutiny standard, which forbids unfair discrimination against similarly-situated males and females but allows the law to recognize sex when relevant.

Jennifer C. Braceras, director of IWLC, asked, “How can we trust a Justice to protect women’s rights, when she can’t define the word ‘woman’ and cannot articulate her judicial philosophy for the nation?”

“We need to pass the Women’s Bill of Rights to clarify for all judges the meaning of the word woman.” 

Read the Women’s Bill of Rights HERE.



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