Current Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would seem to be the rare individual who does it all, the embodiment of the successful woman who has somehow managed to juggle multiple priorities and be good at each.
A former law clerk for Supreme Court icon Antonin Scalia, law professor at Notre Dame, US circuit judge and now a Supreme Court nominee, Barrett has climbed to the highest levels of her profession.
On top of a busy and successful legal career, she has a supportive marriage and is mother to seven children (two of whom are adopted). As she said when accepting the nomination, “Our children obviously make our life very full. While I am a judge, I’m better known back home as a room parent, carpool driver, and birthday-party planner.”
With her record and personal story, Barrett would seem to be the epitome of a woman that others would idolize.
And she also acknowledged the women who led the way and promised that she “will be mindful of who came before me. The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life. Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession. But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them. For that, she has won the admiration of women across the country and, indeed, all over the world,” Judge Barrett said. “She was a woman of enormous talent and consequence, and her life of public service serves as an example to us all.”
But it didn’t matter to some.
Liberal contributing writer for Vanity Fair and New York Times Magazine Vanessa Grigoriadis just doesn’t believe the story. “I guess one of the things I don’t understand about Amy Comey [sic] Barrett is how a potential Supreme Court justice can also be a loving, present mom to seven kids? adding that she must have help (and hinting at her anti-Catholic bias). “And if there aren’t enough hours in the day for her to work and mother those kids, when she portrays herself as a home-centered Catholic who puts family over career, isn’t she telling a lie?”
Two of Barrett’s children are adoptive, from Haiti, which led to a bizarre rant from ‘anti-racist’ radical and Boston University professor Ibram Kendi. “Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children. They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial”. After reaction over his back-handed slap at Barrett for having an inter-racial adoption, he said he wasn’t pointing her out specifically.
You don’t find critiques of her legal career or claims that she is unqualified or incapable. The shots at Barrett are all personal, criticisms of her personal choices or even criticisms of her children.
Just two examples of a long string of shots from liberals, including liberal women, whose concern for opportunities for women only apply to certain women. And, of course, that means they aren’t really all that concerned about equality at all.