We want this person to make huge decisions based on the interpretation of words and they are (I assume I can’t call Jackson a “she?”) unwilling or unable to define what a woman is? We are erasing women from society.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define the word ‘woman’ during the second day of her confirmation hearing conducted by the US Senate‘s Judiciary Committee.
The moment came during a tense exchange with Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) who pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues amid the fallout of biological male swimmer Lia Thomas storming to victory in the NCAA championships against female competitors.
Quoting late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Blackburn said: ‘Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’
When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’
‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded.
‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist’.
Jackson’s staunch refusal to offer a definition of a woman came at the end of the second day of questioning which tackled the big issues of race, abortion and judicial philosophy.