Justice Sonia Sotomayor grew up in the Bronx and made her way to the Bench of the Supreme Court. She was in one of the first classes at Princeton to accept women and then went on to Yale Law. Her memoir, My Beloved World, is now out in paperback. She spoke to Terry Gross about how being Latina makes her work harder:
In every position that I’ve been in, there have been naysayers who don’t believe I’m qualified or who don’t believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong. I think I work harder than a lot of other people because of that sense of responsibility.
Does it mean that I think that I have an obligation to any particular group including Latinos? No. My job is my job and, particularly being a judge, I would be doing a disservice to the Latino community if I ruled on the basis of a preference for any group. … I have to rule as I do on the basis of the law … but I do feel that I have a special responsibility to work harder to prove myself because I am the first of a group that has been perceived as being incapable of doing whatever it is that I’ve had the benefit of becoming a part of.
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