The United States history written as Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in first black woman on the serve supreme court. The 51-year-old’s appointment by Democratic President Joe Biden means white men are not in a majority on the nation’s highest court for the first time in 233 years. Four of the nine-member court’s judges are now women, making it the most diverse judiciary in history — though they all attended elite law schools at Harvard or Yale.
Jackson had garnered support from three Senate Republicans during a grueling and sometimes brutal confirmation process, and gave Biden a bipartisan 53-47 admission for his first Supreme Court nominee. Jackson’s swearing-in marks an important moment for Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee through the 1980s and 1990s, meaning he has the unprecedented distinction of both appointing a Supreme Court justice and overseeing the appointment.