Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cardin: Princeton a better place because of Sotomayor '76

Princeton finally got some (brief) airtime during the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor '76.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) brought up Sotomayor's alma mater during his first round of questioning of President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.

Cardin was discussing diversity and the progress of women in America when he touched on Sotomayor's undergraduate years at the University.

"You attended the school that F. Scott Fitzgerald, 90 years ago, called the "pleasantest country club in America," with very restrictive policies as to who could attend Princeton University," Cardin said. "By 1972, your freshman class, it was a different place, but still far from where it should be."

"And I admire your efforts to change that at Princeton," Cardin said. "And you were actively involved in improving diversity of that school. And Princeton is a better place today because of your efforts."

They always gotta slam us with the "country club" line.


Emily Rutherford said...

I wrote about Sotomayor's work at Princeton at!