Top 10 Single Minded Women of 2010: #2 Sonia Sotomayor

By SMW Staff

Sonia SotomayorU.S. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor is the very definition of the great American story. Raised in New York City by a widowed mother she began her service as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in the late 2009.

As one of only 112 Americans to serve as a justice on the court, she is also its first Hispanic member.

A child of the 1950s she was impressed by the strong willed fictional girl detective Nancy Drew and dreamed of being a judge while watching Perry Mason mysteries. Growing up in a South Bronx housing project her mother set one goal for her two children, that they get a good education and have successful careers. Her determination paid off with Sonia winning a full scholarship to Princeton and her younger brother, Juan, becoming a physician and university professor in Syracuse, New York.

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