In honor of Women’s History Month, Ima-Fabiola Ortega, a law student at Florida Coastal School of Law, shares why she admires Justice Sonia Sotomayor. President Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in 2009. She is the first Hispanic justice on the Court.
I still remember the sense of pride that swept over me as I watched Sonia Sotomayor being sworn in to the Supreme Court of the United States back in 2009. Justice Sotomayor is not only a role model to me, she is the embodiment of what I hope to become: a strong, passionate, and inspiring Latina. Like her, I come from a humble background and I understand growing up feeling like the odds are against you. But when I look at Justice Sotomayor on the Supreme Court, I see hope—hope for a woman like myself to be greater than what the world tells me I can be, and hope for the next generation of Latinas that aspire to greatness. Just like her, I am dedicated to overcoming the odds and plan to keep working hard to achieve the level of success I have in mind for myself—so that I can give back to my community and serve as a role model to other aspiring attorneys and Latinas everywhere.