by Sylvia Mendoza
A biography of the Supreme Court’s first Latina justice, at a time when the Court is more important than ever.
As one of the most influential justices on the current Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor is in a unique position to enforce the law of the land under an unpredictable Trump presidency. And she arose to this position of power on her own merits, and despite the many obstacles that stood in her way: she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just eight years old, lived in housing projects in the Bronx in her youth, and has fought against blatant discrimination throughout her career. Now in her early sixties, Justice Sotomayor has already made history in being appointed to the Court as the first Latina justice, the third woman justice, and one of the three youngest justices in this position. But her most important decisions are likely still ahead of her, as the Court takes on an increasingly political role. But in order to understand how she’ll address the challenges that now face her, we need to look back, and consider the experiences that shaped her and the events that shook her.
- Ages: 8+
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (April, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1-942186-09-0