Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Sesame Street: ‘Princess’ Is Not a Career

Sotomayor paid a visit to Sesame Street to discuss careers -- and shut down the idea that being a princess counts as one.

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There’s something about little girls and princesses. It could be the continued prevalence of princesses in children’s books and films, or it could be the sparkly glitz and glamour associated with royal life. Either way, it seems many young girls aspire to be princesses, even in an age when those girls could realistically aspire to become surgeons or lawyers or professors instead.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor must have noticed this trend, as she recently paid a visit to Sesame Street to discuss the meaning of the word “career.” She explains to the pink, perky, uber-feminine character Abby that a career is “something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.” Abby lights up and quickly tells the Justice that she certainly wants a career — as a princess.

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And then Sotomayor shuts her down. Hard. “Abby,” she says, “pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career.” She then turns to the camera, repeating the aforementioned definition of “career” to viewers. While the average young girl might whine and cry and throw a fit if someone told her she couldn’t dedicate her life to becoming a princess, Abby takes it in stride. “Well, then what kind of career can a girl like me have?” she chirps.

Sotomayor encourages Abby, letting her know she can go to school and train to eventually become a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, a scientist. Ultimately, though, Abby decides she wants to be a judge, just like Sotomayor. NewsFeed kind of expected Sotomayor to tell her to get her own aspirations and quit being such a follower, but she remained upbeat, assuring Abby that she’d make a great judge.

For the record, this wasn’t Justice Sotoymayor’s first time hangin’ out on Sesame Street. In February, she appeared on the show to enjoy a cup of coffee, chat in Spanish and settle a fairy-tale dispute.

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