Nancy Drew Rules!
Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are a generation apart, but they share a childhood passion for the girl sleuth. When I was writing a column a couple years ago about my own experience with Nancy Drew, I phoned the Supreme Court’s public information office to see if Justice Ginsburg, who had identified Nancy as an early influence, might be willing to talk. I didn’t expect she would; it was the end of the term, a busy time for the justices, and a rather trivial subject. A few minutes later, my phone rang, with the justice herself on the line. Nancy "was somebody who was doing things," Ginsburg told me. "She was fearless. She was what every girl would like to be."
Reading about Sotomayor when her name came up as a possibility for the court vacancy, I was tickled, but hardly surprised, to see that she, too, was a member of the Nancy Drew fan club. President Obama cited this factoid in announcing Sotomayor’s selection this morning.
It's my understanding that Judge Sotomayor's interest in the law was sparked as a young girl by reading the Nancy Drew series. And that when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8, she was informed that people with diabetes can't grow up to be police officers or private investigators like Nancy Drew. In essence she was told she'd have to scale back her dreams.
Actually, I had read that Sotomayor switched allegiance from Nancy Drew to Perry Mason.
Either way, Nancy, as my column attempted to explain, was the first role model for a lot of us out there.
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