Justice Kagan is the fourth woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice after Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor. What makes her an important figure is that she is the first judge nominated to the Supreme Court without any experience as a judge since 1972.
Kagan paved the road for women breaking into higher positions in universities and in law. Before she was Justice Kagan, she was Dean Kagan, the first woman Dean in the history of Harvard. In a biography by the The Supreme Court Review, an excerpt of Kagan’s legacy as a Dean is highlighted below:
Kagan was appointed Dean of Harvard Law School in 2003 by then University President, Lawrence Summers. Kagan was the first woman to fill the position. Kagan’s five-year tenure at Harvard Law is notable for its faculty expansion, improved campus infrastructure and reaching out to conservative professors. Kagan broadened the ideological spectrum of the faculty and once held a dinner to honor Justice Scalia.
Women holding positions as Deans and Justices open the doors for women, inspiring us all to do great things, including gathering people for a March from New York City to Washington DC to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed once and for all, after my show at WhiteBoxNY.