Assuming Judge Samuel Alito Jr. is confirmed, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the only woman left on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ironically, this diminished diversity on our highest court comes at a time when every other sector of society — business, government, the military and education — proclaims the value of diversity.

It is worth remembering that Harriet Miers was only the third woman ever nominated for the court in its more than 200-year history and that Judge Alito is the presumptive heir to the seat long-occupied by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to break the Court’s gender bar.

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