Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only women on the nine-member court, is eager to welcome Judge Sonia Sotomayor into her ranks. She told a group of judges and lawyers gathered at a semi-private conference in Upstate New York this weekend that she “cheered” when Sotomayor was nominated.
Ginsburg, 76, added that Sotomayor, 54, brings "a wealth of experience in the law and in life. I am glad to no longer be the lone woman on the court, and look forward to a new colleague well-equipped to handle the challenges our work presents." Sotomayor hopes to be the third woman ever seated to the Supreme Court. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor left her seat in 2006. Ginsberg has spoken in the past of her desire to see more equality for women in the court. She told USA Today just weeks before Justice David Souter announced his retirement that she should be working with more women. "Women belong in all places where decision are being made," she said. "I don't say [the split] should be 50-50. It could be 60 percent men, 40 percent women, or the other way around. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
Sotomayor’s senate confirmation hearings will begin on July 13.