New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! What’s Next?


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. 

A new Fifteen Minutes of Feminism episode—President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! What’s Next?—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Howard Law School dean Danielle Holley-Walker to discuss President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer on the United States Supreme Court. Who is she? What’s her background? And why is she one of the most qualified and prepared nominees that this process has seen in nearly a century? Dr. Goodwin and Dean Holley-Walker unpack Judge Jackson’s qualifications and examine what’s next in the process.  

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“Let’s be clear about Judge Jackson’s experience. She has already just under nine years of experience as a federal judge. That’s more than four of the current justices, Justices Thomas, Roberts, Kagan, and Barrett combined when they were confirmed. It’s more than four of the last ten justices. It’s more than nine of the last 17. It’s more than 43 of the 58 appointed since 1900.” — Steve Vladeck

“She’s been working at this for a long time, and I think that will resonate with a lot of people in our country who set out, had big dreams, and were from circumstances in which those dreams weren’t very clear about how you would get there.” — Danielle Holley-Walker

“We know that she’s received bipartisan confirmation multiple times. This will be her third confirmation. She’s had a confirmation to the District Court and to the Appellate Court to the DC circuit. They were both done on bipartisan votes.” — Danielle Holley-Walker

“One of the incredible silver linings to me is that every time we break a glass ceiling, there are women, there are men, there are girls, there are boys all over this country, who for the first time say, you know, I may be the first one to do something, and I can do it.” — Danielle Holley-Walker

This episode is the second in the “On the Issues” Road to Confirmation series, which will follow the nomination and confirmation process of President Biden’s nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Goodwin will take listeners through each step of the confirmation process as it happens in real time, with commentary and analysis from experts.  

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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