For this edition of #underratedbookmondays and my #immigrantexperience literature series, I bring you "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor.
Justice Sotomayor is an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court; she is the first Latina and third female appointed to the bench (following O'Connor and Bader Ginsburg). Sotomayor's story is exemplary of what it means to be a woman, a Latina and a second-generation immigrant trying to succeed in one of the most competitive professions; a profession to which the moniker "Old Boys Club" still applies. In her memoir, Sotomayor details her childhood growing up in the Bronx, knowing she wanted to be a lawyer at the age of ten, and the barriers and obstacles she faced for a variety of reasons. My favourite part of Sotomayor's story is her no-holds barred attitude towards her achievements and successes. She takes ownership of her intellect, her career path and all the times she proved people who doubted her wrong. I loved her voice and her unabashed confidence in what she has achieved even when others in particular, and society in general, stood in her way. What I especially loved about this book (and my current read about RBG) is the love for the law; these are women who weren't after fancy titles or fancy robes; they didn't chase a dream to become cultural icons or the "first" of anything. Rather, they focused on what was important: justice. These are women who make me proud to be a part of this profession. If you have not read this and are looking for an excellent memoir, I highly recommend giving Sotomayor's book a try.
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