Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Jackson Can’t Define What a ‘Woman’ Is Because She’s ‘Not A Biologist’

“Can I provide a definition? No,” Jackson replied. “I can’t.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Tuesday during her confirmation hearing that she could not define the term “woman.”
  • “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” Jackson was asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
  • “Can I provide a definition? No,” Jackson, a Harvard Law School graduate, replied. “I can’t.”
  • “You can’t?” Sen. Blackburn asked.
  • “Not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” stated Jackson.
  • Blackburn appeared surprised by Jackson’s inability to define the term, saying, “So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?”
  • Google defines ‘woman’ as “an adult female human being.”
  • Biden said on Twitter last month that he was “proud” nominating Judge Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court because she “is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds.”
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BACKGROUND:
  • Fox News recently reported that Judge Jackson had praised the New York Times’ Critical Race Theory-based 1619 Project and its author Nikole Hannah-Jones during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day address at the University of Michigan two years ago.
  • In a January 2020 lecture, titled, “Black Women Leaders In The Civil Rights Movement Era And Beyond,” Jackson described Hannah-Jones as an “acclaimed investigative journalist” and highlighted Hannah-Jones’ “provocative” assertion that “the America that was born in 1776 was not the perfect union that it purported to be,” according to Fox News.
  • “[A]cclaimed investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (who happens to be a black woman) explains that the men who drafted and enacted the Constitution founded this nation on certain ideals: freedom; equality; democracy,” Jackson said at the time. “Yet, at the time they formulated these principles, the institution of slavery already existed in the colonies — ever since the year 1619, when 20-to-30 Africans who had been captured in their homeland arrived in the colonies by ship and were exchanged for goods.”
  • “Jones highlights the irony of the situation even further when she notes that at the very moment that Thomas Jefferson penned the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence, a black relative—a slave— had been brought into his office to serve him,” Jackson went on to say, adding “Thus, it is Jones’s provocative thesis that the America that was born in 1776 was not the perfect union that it purported to be, and that it is actually only through the hard work, struggles, and sacrifices of African Americans over the past two centuries that the United States has finally become the free nation that the Framers initially touted.”