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Did Greg Craig Dress Sonia Sotomayor Like A Barbie Doll for Her Nomination Ceremony?

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On October 19, 2009, it was reported by the Heritage Foundation that the White House chosethe outfit thatMs. Sonia Sotomayor would wear for her nomination acceptance ceremony for the Supreme Court bench seat she now occupies. The information about the White House picking her clothing came from a speech Ms. Sotomayor gave to her Yale alumni when she was talking about recently being selected to serve on the Supreme Court bench.
It was reported in the New Haven Register that a Connecticut State Senator, Ed Meyer, who attended the Yale alumni event this past Saturday stated that Ms. Sotomayor said "that she had gone shopping for clothes to wear to her acceptance ceremony but government officials instead told her to bring five suits, one of which they would recommend for her to wear". CNN also reported that Obama Administration officials even picked out which suit Ms. Sotomayor wore.
Greg Craig, legal counsel to the President of the United States, has repeatedly claimed credit for being responsible for all the vetting of Ms. Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court bench seat for which she was selected and recently appointed to. It really makes me wonder. Is he also the White House official who did not think that Ms. Sotomayor was capable of picking out an appropriate outfit to wear to her nomination acceptance ceremony to the Supreme Court?
Truly this is slap to all women lawyers in America that White House officials think they have to pick out the clothes of women appointed to the Supreme Court bench. My question is, How many male lawyers who have been appointed to the bench of the United States Supreme Court have been vetted to determine if their clotheswere appropriate for their nomination ceremony?

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I am very thankful that Ms. Sotomayor, the new Supreme Court Justice, told this story to the alumni at Yale. For far too long women lawyers in America and the clothing that they chose to wear to court has often been used as a barrier for the advancement of women in American Courts. In fact, twenty years ago when I started practicing law I was told by a Judge one day when I came to court dressed in a pant suit that I should go home and change to a skirt, hose and heels. I told the Judge he could find me in Contempt but I was not wearing a skirt, hose and heels unless he did also and that the best I could tell pants were acceptable for the men and should also be acceptable for the women. From that day forward pants were acceptable in Court. Ms. Sotomayor should have told the White House and whomever it was that if they trusted her with the cases in the highest court in the land that they should trust her with what she herself selected to wear toher nomination ceremony to the Supreme Court.
In January Ms magazine posted a provocative cover of Obama in an iconic superman pose tearing off a white shirt and red tie. His black undershirt was exposed and stated "This is what a feminist looks like". However, the actions of his White House on the selection of Ms. Sotomayor was not the action of a feminist. I am sure that President Obama was not aware that people in his White House, probably Mr. Greg Craig who was handling all of Ms. Sotomayor's vetting, told her that they had to vet her clothes. For that reason President Obama should apologize for the behavior of his sexist staff for trying to tell the woman Supreme Court Justice what she could or could not wear to her nomination acceptance ceremony.
That was Sonia Sotomayor's big day. She had even made arrangements to go shopping as she told the Yale alumni but the White House did not see fit to let the woman who would be sitting on the Supreme Court bench pick out an outfit of her choice to wear on her big day. After hearing about this I told my mother, who is the biggest feminist that I know, and she said "This is a three pig oinker and whoever the official at the White House was who told Sonia Sotomayor what she could wear ought to be ran out of the White House, made to squeal like a pig and to apologize to all the women lawyers in America including Ms. Sotomayor."
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It is also important that the women of America let the White House know that we do not want the women Supreme Court Justice's dressed like Barbie dolls by officials in the White House. Please call the White House today and ask them to stop this sexist behavior for all female officials appointment by President Obama's administration and fire the person responsible for this action and demand to know if it is Greg Craig.

 

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Simpson is a country lawyer who resides in Rainsville, Alabama. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Dan Abrams MSNBC. Stories were written in Time Magazine, Harpers Magazine, and the New York Times about her being a witness in the Don Siegelman case (more...)
 

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