Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

AAUW CEO Gloria Blackwell issued this statement in response to the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer moves toward retirement, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) wishes to express our deep gratitude for his 28 years of service on the nation’s highest court. Justice Breyer faithfully upheld the U.S. Constitution with his careful attention to the administration of justice and his insight into how the court’s rulings impact ordinary Americans.

Justice Breyer retires with a distinguished legacy defending the rights of women workers, championing reproductive rights, safeguarding free speech and upholding civil and human liberties. American women have had a staunch advocate on the bench, and Justice Breyer’s considered opinions and rulings have changed our country for the better.

Looking ahead, President Biden is poised to make history with an action that is decades overdue. The president’s commitment to nominating the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court will create a far more inclusive court. President Biden has a deep and exemplary pool of highly qualified candidates from whom to choose, and it is our hope that the next Supreme Court justice will move us even further along in safeguarding the rights of women and girls and in advancing the policy priorities that AAUW espouses.