As SCAN reported earlier, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in Los Angeles this past weekend to speak at a Writer's Bloc event in Beverly Hills. My partner Maggie Levy attended and shared the following thoughts:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was interviewed by actress and political activist Eva Longoria. Justice Sotomayor was very inspiring. She talked primarily about her childhood and the many hardships that she overcame, including poverty, juvenile diabetes, an alcoholic father who died when she was 9, and a mother who was not really present because she had to work almost 24/7 to support the family. The focus of her comments was that if she could overcome these things, anyone can, provided they have the kind of spirit and determination that she obviously has. She emphasized that it is very important for women and minorities to speak up for themselves and be heard, because no one else will do it for them. She expressed amazement that she became a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and even greater amazement that her book "My Beloved World," which is available in English and in Spanish, is #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.