The Smart Part of Sonia Sotomayor

As the hearing begin around Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court, most profiles have gone back to her Princeton days, where Sotomayor’s Latina identity crystalized in opposition to the most Southern and conservative of the Ivy League schools. (See Michelle-Style The Fusion of Empathy, Experience & Princeton in the Mindsets of Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama & Women Like Me.)

What’s noteworthy in Newsweek’s piece this week on Sotomayor is a mention of the particular style of power game that both Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama learned at Princeton. One wins, not by bullying or assertion, but by reason and carefully prepared persuasion. Princeton believes in the power of critical thinking, an asset that’s highly valued by Smart Sensuality women.