Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latino to be selected for America's highest court. She will bring the number of women on the bench to two, and become only the third woman in its history.
A FEW ROUGH FACTS
Of 111 supreme court justices in US history, 107 have been white men.
Latinos account for one in every six residents of the United States.
Minorities account for one in three residents of the United States.
Women account for one in two residents of the United States.
Hopefully it won't be too long before democracies like the US and the UK reflect these racial and gendered realities in their elected chambers and other institutions of power.