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Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first black woman to be sworn in before the US Supreme Court

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The United States made history on Thursday when Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

The 51-year-old’s appointment by Democratic President Joe Biden means white men are not in a majority on the nation’s highest court for the first time in 233 years.

Although her confirmation is a milestone, it will not change the conservative 6-3 majority in the court, which has come under fire over recent decisions to extend the right to bear arms and undermine abortion rights.

Jackson only spoke to say their oaths during Thursday’s brief ceremony.

She had garnered support from three Senate Republicans during a grueling and sometimes brutal confirmation process, giving Biden a bipartisan 53-47 admission for his first Supreme Court nominee.

Jackson’s swearing-in marks an important moment for Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee through the 1980s and ’90s, meaning he has the unprecedented distinction of both appointing a Supreme Court justice and overseeing the appointment.

The appointment offers his government an opportunity to break away from a spate of bad news in recent months, as Biden’s poll ratings are still below 40 percent amid runaway inflation ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Crucially, it has allowed Biden to show the black voters who bailed out his stalled 2020 primary campaign that he can deliver for them.

At 42 days, the confirmation was among the shortest in history, although it took longer than it took to place Donald Trump’s last court election during his presidency, Amy Coney Barrett.

As the last word in all civil and criminal disputes, and as the guardian and interpreter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court seeks to ensure equal justice before the law.

Four of the nine-member court’s judges are now women, making it the most diverse judiciary in history — though they all attended elite law schools at Harvard or Yale.

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