GFWC Congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
April 28, 2022
On April 7, by a bipartisan vote of 53-47, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. She will take her seat when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer at the end of the term. Not only is Judge Jackson making history as the first Black woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but she will join Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett. For the first time in history, there will be four women on the Supreme Court, bringing gender parity for the institution long dominated by men. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to join the nation’s highest court in 1981.
Judge Jackson was serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, confirmed by the Senate in 2021. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Judge Jackson served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a position confirmed by the Senate in 2010. She will be the first former federal public defender to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Early in her career, Judge Jackson served as Justice Stephen Breyer’s law clerk, so she knows how important it is for a Supreme Court to build consensus.
When Nancy Anzalone saw a notice in the local paper about a woman’s club having a coffee meetup for potential new members, she felt called to attend. Soon after, she joined the GFWC Woman’s Club of West Covina, in California, and began her journey with the Federation.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.