Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States and the third woman. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May of 2009 and assumed the role in August of 2009. She was born in the Bronx during 1954 to Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor. Her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. Her father died when she was nine and her mother assumed the role of single parent. Sonia 's mother made sure to instill in her children the importance of higher education and learning English. Her mother made many sacrifices to make sure her kids would have a better life. When talking about Sotomayor 's mother Antonia Felix writes " Celina 's ability to forge a strong sense of self in her children would guarantee their
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25th 1954 in the South Bronx area of New York to parents Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor. Her parents who were of Puerto Rican descent moved their family to New York for a better opportunity for their children. Her parents worked hard to make a living her mother was a nurse a methadone clinic and her father worked with his hands and the family lived modestly within their means. Justice Sotomayor was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of seven and began taking insulin shot’s, shortly after her father died in 1963 when she was nine, leaving her mother as a single parent, during her upbringing her mother Celina placed a huge emphasis on the importance of education, pushing her children to become
Relevant Context Ms. Sotomayor was born in the mid-1950s to an immigrant mother who had just moved to New York from Puerto Rico and had joined the Women’s Army Corp where, “over twenty thousand Puerto Rican men had already served in the US armed forces before the women were included (73).” And it was in New York that Celina (Sonia’s mother) met Sonia’s dad and got married. Sadly, when Sonia was 9 years old, her died of tuberculosis. This was the turning point for Sonia’s entire life.
Being a judge you have to be able to prove your point and why you made the decision with statistics and proofs, Sotomayor became capable of disagreeing with other in a non-defensive way. Sotomayor pathway to the Supreme Court was complicated based on a controversial speech where she was taken as being racist towards white people. Sotomayor was able to win this case by analysis and record of her doing the same speech about “wise Latina woman” (Jeffery 2). Sotomayor was able to adapt to the world that she was facing. Sotomayor is an example of capitalization learning, she was able to build on the strengths that she was naturally given.
However, she will go on to admit that not everyone is fortunate enough to achieve success in this country, "But achieving success here is no easy accomplishment for Latinos or Latinas, and although that struggle did not and does not create a Latina identity, it does inspire how I live my life" (Sotomayor). When she says 'no easy accomplishment,' Sonia is bluntly telling her audience that it is difficult for minorities to come to the United States and attain their goals, as well as being represented by people that look and have the same experience as them. She gives life to the reality of what it feels like to have two clashing cultures affect the way you act as an individual. She says, "It does not provide an adequate explanation of why individuals like us, many of whom are born in this completely different American culture, still identify so strongly with those communities in which our parents were born and raised" (Sotomayor). Through her tone, her audience will feel as if the issue she is talking about is a more pressing matter and will see this as a
Perhaps it takes courage to raise children”. This quiet bravery led her through her life as a mother, her career as a teacher, her service to her community, and her mission to protect her country by selling Liberty Bonds during World War II. Every one of these actions is also evidence of
It seems like she never studies. Sonia always spends nights studying with her
She kept going to school to learn more and more. Without it she would 've never gotten to where she made it too. Ochoa brings out the courage and setted an example that nothing is ever to difficult for anyone. Ochoa has made a big inspiration to the kids as well as it relates to the woman. She also impacted males herself, because she did a job that that they could of done themselves.
Being one of the first quotes in the book, this quote nicely provides a better understanding of the interlocked conditions and problems that those in poverty often face. It beautifully illustrates how the poor are limited by their living and working conditions and find difficulty escaping poverty due to how closely interlocked their conditions are. In order to escape poverty, these individuals have to find a way to solve all of their problems contained within their environment. However, these poor individuals are unable to do so since they are facing financial problems. Reflection
She begins by talking about her college experience of how her own professors and fellow students believed and “always portrayed the poor as shiftless, mindless, lazy, dishonest, and unworthy” (Paragraph 5). This experience shocked her because she never grew up materialistic. She brings up the fact that she is the person with the strong and good values that she has today because she grew up in a poor family. In culture, the poor are always being stereotyped.
As she got older, she started to be ashamed of her own race. Most of her friends were Caucasian, but she never
“‘ But what a battle it was. It took me nearly a year a year to get all them papers together.’” Analysis:By giving him an education, she gave him an opportunity to have a life his illiterate friends from the gangs never could. This enabled him to escape the black ghetto of Alexandria, go to college in America, write a bestselling book and have a life far better than that of his father or mother. This shows not only that a person 's life can be improved by others, but that education can create opportunities even in the most structurally
The scenes of poverty were inescapable, evident on the faces of adults and children. It was extremely important to me to interact with the children as I would my sister or friend. To me they were not destitute kids; they were just kids, like