Wise Latinas talk about Sotomayor at NCLR conference

There were many wise Latinas who spoke at and participated in the National Council of La Raza conference in Chicago.

Almost all of the women who addressed the group during a Sunday brunch mentioned Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez a Democrat from New York, kicked off her speech by saying, "I am the proud daughter of a wise Latina."

"History is being made as we speak and Latinas are playing a role," Velazquez said.

Velazquez said that Obama didn't nominate Sotomayor because she is Hispanic but because she is qualified.

Another history maker who spoke at the conference is U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. She is the first Latina to have a high-ranking role in the U.S. cabinet.

She noted that as young women she and her sisters were encouraged by a school counselor to become secretaries. Her sisters became engineers and Solis become a member of Congress and a now labor secretary.

"You can become so much more if you believe in yourself," Solis said.
A group of Latina leaders also spoke in a talk show format and the first question was about Sotomayor.

Even Republican strategist and frequent CNN commentator, Leslie
said that Sotomayor did a "phenomenal job" during her
confirmation hearings.

She noted that she clearly answered the question that she would adhere
to the rule of the law and understands her role as a jurist.

Senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett attended the conference on behalf of the Obama
Administration. She said that Obama nominated Sotomayor because she
"was the most qualified, the person with the most experience."

"We're very hopeful this fall she will be sworn in," Jarrett said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to confirm her nomination on Tuesday.

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