Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says she can’t even define what a woman is

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says she can’t even define what a woman is

Joe Biden promised to pick a “black woman” for the Supreme Court. But the black woman he nominated to be on the Supreme Court — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson — says she can’t even define the word “woman.” Even though the word “woman” is found in some federal statutes, and it’s a judge’s job to define such statutory terms. CNS News reports:

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she could not define the word “woman.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked Jackson, “Can you provide a definition for the word woman?”

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

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“You can’t?” Blackburn asked in surprise.

“Not in this context,” Jackson said, half-laughing. “I’m not a biologist.”

Blackburn followed up, telling Jackson, “So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?”

Jackson responded, “Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes. If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments, and I look at the law, and I decide. So I’m not—”

Blackburn interrupted: “So, the fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about.

“Just last week,” Blackburn continued, “an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete and beat a biological woman in the NCAA swimming championships. What message do you think this sends to girls who aspire to compete and win in sports at the highest levels?” Blackburn asked.

“Senator, I’m not sure what message that sends. If you’re asking me about the legal issues related to it, those are topics that are being hotly discussed, as you say, and could come to the court. So I’m unable to–”


[For the record, the traditional textbook definition of ‘woman’ is a human being with two X chromosomes, an immutable characteristic that is beyond the scalpel’s reach.]

Federal laws use the words “woman” or “women,” so a judge needs to be able to define the term “woman” to properly interpret statutes. It is a judge’s job to interpret the laws.

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