Judge Jackson’s refusal to define ‘woman’ threatens women’s rights movement, ex-Olympian warns

The Tennessee Republican’s line of questioning hit on nearly every political hot-button issue. 

As the confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson went into hour 13, Sen 

Marsha Blackburn asked the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday to define the word “woman.” 

“I can’t — ” Jackson replied. 

“You can’t?” Blackburn said. 

“Not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” Jackson said. 

“The meaning of the word woman is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn asked. 

Jackson said her role as a judge would be to address disputes about a definition and to interpret the law. 

Blackburn asked what message allowing Thomas to compete sends to “girls who aspire to compete and win in sports?” 

“Senator, I’m not sure what message that sends. 

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