Not surprisingly, Sotomayor uttered a version of a notorious passage from her Latina Lecture almost word for word a few years earlier (more details on other instances of “wise women/Latina” speeches here — h/t Bench Memos):
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological differences . . . our gender makes and will make a difference in our judging. In short, I accept the proposition that a difference will be made by the presence of women on the bench and that my experiences will affect the facts that I choose to see as a judge. I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging, but I accept there will be some based on my gender and the experiences it has imposed on me.