As the Senate weighs whether to make Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson the first Black female justice, she told the Judiciary Committee that a diverse judicial branch "lends and bolsters public confidence in our system."
"We have a diverse society in the United States," Jackson said. "There are people from all over who come to this great nation and make their lives and when people see that the judicial branch is comprised of a variety of people who are, have taken the oath to protect the Constitution and who are doing their best to interpret the laws consistent with that oath, it lends confidence that the rulings that the judge, that, that the court is handing down are fair and just, that everything has been considered, that no one is being excluded because of a characteristic like race or gender or anything else."
She also discussed the impact diversity on the bench has on role-modeling.
"I have been so touched by the numbers of people who've reached out to me in this period of time, to say how much it has meant to their daughters, to their sons, to the next generation, that I've been appointed, to nominated and hopefully confirmed," she said.
In a new Monmouth University survey, 69% of Americans say it's at least somewhat important for the Supreme Court to look like the racial, ethnic and gender composition of the country as a whole, with 46% saying it's very important. Read more here.