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[applause] >> what a we can! welcome! >> eva, it's been so long since i've seen you. >> i know. it's been a while. >> and a lot has happened in both our lives. [laughter] >> you've gotten married. >> i got married, yeah. >> you have a baby, who is in the front row. [cheering] >> hold him up! >> you have a fully active -- [laughter] >> he's gonna feel the show now! >> that's it. and you have a fully active career. >> yes. directing. but i want to talk about something that was happening when i first met you. you had -- you were on "dress "desperate housewives." star, wantedge
everywhere, doing everything, and at the same time you had gone back to school. read in the newspaper when you graduated. and you got your diploma. >> my masters, yeah. [cheering] >> your masters degree. soi want you to talk about, all the kids in this audience, why someone has successful as with the career in acting, the fame that you have, school?o >> why? first of all, here here for you, sonia. so -- >> ha ha! >> i'm going to answer this very quickly. then we're gonna get to the good stuff. ha! but no. you know, i come from a family educated women. everybody in my family went to college. in awas very check being latino household and having so many -- i wasn't the first to go college. i wasn't the first of anything. i was the last.
all my sisters had received their masters degree. i had my bachelor's degree, families would be enough. and my mom always nagged me about, well, your sisters have their masters. and i said, i am on the number world!w in the [laughter] >> it didn't matter to mer. matter to her. part of it was a promise to my mother. problems, but sometimes good ones. >> ha ha! exactly. the other reason was, it's so funny, because at the time -- this is eight years ago -- such a hot was topic. i said, oh, this is the issue of the moment. and taketed to go back one class to better understand the history of immigration. i took one class. and then that led me to another class that my professor said, oh, you should take this class. i said, oh, ok, let me take that class. then that led me to a third class. the college said, you have to
register. you can't just keep taking classes. but i was inspired by the issues f to our time. wanted to be articulate about my own community, about our journey. about our contributions to this country. and so that's why i choose chicano studies as my masters. why.s why i -- that's [cheers and applause] >> it is -- education was key in my family. my mother is a teacher. my sisters are teachers. come from many, many -- to all the teachers out there! thank you! [cheers and applause] >> so... >> yes. >> for you, for me, for them, key to success. >> uh-huh. >> it's not television. >> no. >> it's not supreme court. ant education gives you is opportunity to learn about the world.
>> uh-huh. tells you how big your dreams can be. you see, because we live in very little parts of the world, right? you live in your home. to your school. you visit family. but you can't learn about the get educated.ou and that either shows you you be any age and you can still go back to school. >> yeah. >> so for all of the frustrated room, it'sn the never too late. >> never too late. never too late. is.t never [applause] i have the privilege of being with the justice on her firstbook tour from her book, which was an amazing book. a different kind of book. >> very much. want to put words in your mouth, but you're a pretty busy lady. ha ha!
did you find -- a, where did you find time to write this this level of book? a middled to do school -- language]foreign >> -- history of your life for a different audience. why was that? >> well, the middle school book, this one, this one is the middle school book. it's an abridged, a shortened parents' --y shortened version of my parents' book. my parents' book. and these are my two kids' books. because myone bilingual education cousin/teacher told me that school kids really -- they could read my book, but it wasn't as captivating, that i had to make a version for readers. and so this book followed,
sheuse she bothered me and kept insisting. and i finally had to do it for her. ok? and so this book, and i told this to a group of the high here, it's ats perfect book for you in middle school, even early high school. but please do pick up my adult book, my parent book, when you're in college. i left some things out of this book that will mean more ok?ou then, but then this book. the turning pages -- it's in english and spanish. way, for anybody who is learning spanish, put them side by side. >> uh-huh. [laughter] >> it's a great way to learn to learnor if you have english, it's a great way to learn english too. >> ha ha! exactly. yeah. yeah. >> when i wrote the book in
english, but when it was being translated into spanish, i had to look at some words in the dictionary. >> ha ha! young readers book, when i thought about middle school kids, i thought about me a child. and i realized that there weren't a lot of books when i was growing up about people like me. and about kids of my background. and i thought, wouldn't it be nice if for young readers i tell theme a book and that you can have a special even if sometimes some hard things happen to you. so one of you asked me earlier story?, is this a true and it's an absolute true story.
every part of this book is what's happened to my life. and i wanted you not only to read it but i wanted you to see a little bit, and the pictures in this book are the my life.of and they can be the pictures of your life, by the way. because everything i did, i did throughreading and education. and i wanted you to know how important that was. so that's how this came. >> that's how that was born. but, you know, in this book, you talk a lot about books. >> uh-huh. how reading and even going to the library was an escape from some things that were happening in your life. talk -- >> there were hard parts of my life. >> right. >> there were really hard parts my life. for you guys, you will learn
died when i was nine years old. was very, very, very sad time in my life and in the life of my family. and my mother was very unhappy. and so there was a lot of sadness at home. go i had to find the way to somewhere where i could get away from the sadness a little bit. and that place for me was the library. many of you have a library card? everybody should. and if your parents haven't one, take them tomorrow. make them take you to the library. ok? and sign up for one. [applause] >> but in books, this is a and how sadhen everybody in my family was.
me inis is a picture of the library. read found out that when i books, i dreamt about different places. that i thought i would never see in my entire life. entireould fill the world. and the pages of the book were little ship. and you see inside that little something that looks card.y labe library and so for me, that moment of unhappiness and the unhappiness around me, i in books.nds and that's what books give you. view to theu a world and a way to think about things. good things and sometimes bad things but a way to find the world.
so that's a picture of what happened when my daddy died. >> and i would tell you, this book is beautifully illustrated. the beginning real pictures, actual photographs from your childhood. me as these are photos of a kid. >> yeah. >> i look like a lot of you, don't i? >> yes! [laughter] do! >> let's talk about that, because i feel like people don't talk about this enough. you just said it. representation matters. in the media, in films -- [applause] >> in television, in books. and now you get to go to the inrary and many of us here this room -- how many latinas are here? [cheering] get to see yourself in this book. shean, i know it was what just said. but this is you. these photos look like you. looks like you. and you can't be what you can't
see. that it's amazing that you've contributed to this of literature that we all get to grab from. and that's important to you. >> well, it is important to me. and it's important for me that go through tough circumstances and tough moments in life, no matter what they are, to know that happy endings are possible. life is never easy. it's hard. you've got to work hard. you have to study hard. lot of things a you don't want to do. hope.ere can still be and i want every child to live the world knowing that dreams can come true. [applause] >> now, can i talk a minute
favorite scene in this book? >> yes. >> this one. >> yes. was just gonna ask you about this. >> ok. a condition called diabetes. found it when i was seven years old. was because i got sick in church and i fainted. and the sisters of charity, who of themteachers, some were there and they called my mom and they told her, you have hospital,r to the because you've got to find out what's wrong. and mommy took me to the place where she works, because she worked in a hospital as a operator at the time. and she took to me there. the doctors sat me down and check yourd to blood. to have your blood tested to
ok. sure you're and they sent me to the lab room lab technician that i knew he had always been wonderful to me. and he sat me down in a chair. sonia, i have to take blood from your arm. this needle looks very, very big and scary. see the needle in the book? that's how big it looked to me. [laughter] >> and he said but really, it won't hurt. it only hurts for one little it's over with. and he kept talking. and he said, you'll be fine. and he keeps walking to me and he's carrying this big, big needle. he's coming close to me and he's coming close to me and he's close to me. and he gets about there, and i look at him and i scream, no!
>> ha ha! >> and i did something i shouldn't have done. off the chair, and the lab room was in the -- way in the first floor of the hospital. way outside. [laughter] >> and i was only seven years old. didn't let me cross the street. so i couldn't go in the street, right? [laughter] that wasid something not very smart. on to the car. >> a parked car? >> a parked car. >> right. [laughter] >> i want to clarify. >> don't do it. it was very dirty. and it smelled. it was horrible. >> you got dirty! >> i got dirty. and it smelled. i didn't like it. but all these hands were trying tonderneath, grab me out from under the car. >> ha ha! >> and i finally got away from set of hands and another set caught me. and they dragged me out.
and they dragged me back into the laboratory room inside the hospital. and there were about four people holding me down. >> aw. >> each arm, my legs. i'm screaming so loud and crying. well, i was crying and screaming feel thei didn't needle go in. >> ha ha! >> so after they -- after that i hadthey found out diabetes. and i had to go to the hospital and i was in the hospital for a while. and they told me that i had to to give myself insulin shots, needles. to take medicine so i could stay alive. and it was something i would have to do the rest of my life. and they had me practicing with
an orange.on and i kept thinking, how am i going to do this to myself? this is not easy. who wants to hurt themselves, right? about it.hought and i thought about it. comic the time, i loved books. come out.irl had just and i thought about supergirl said, maybe i can find the supergirld bravery has. maybe i can be as strong as she is. image of mehat supergirl to have and find the courage to give myself my needle. and i've been doing that my entire life.
now, today kids use other things and they have things called pumps. but i found something out, which have courage inside of us. sometimes you just have to look for it. and you can find it. bithen you're a little afraid of something, just think superhero.elf as a and imagine all the wonderful you can do in life. [applause] >> so this is my favorite story. in the whole book. >> and it's very well illustrated. it is. so that was one of many obstacles that happened in your getting to the highest court was not easy. you talk about, how books have always served a your life. >> every moment. >> when your dad died to comics,
diabetes, learning about puerto rico. >> oh, gosh. important. somebody came earlier and told me that their favorite fruit was mangos. is that little boy still here? that? said ha ha! >> it's still my favorite fruit. >> mine too! >> and my absolutely favorite fruit. this is a picture of me in puerto rico. and when i was a child and i went to puerto rico, they were still taking naps in the afternoon. siestas. and my whole family would lie lunch to fall asleep. but i had too much energy. i used my energy to read. college, igot to med my college to teach about puerto rico, where my family came from.
i learned about all the history of puerto rico, when i was in college. so books can teach you about in the now and what was past. wonderful, a wonderful way of learning history. learning where you come from. and learning where you can go. so, yes, these are pictures of puerto rico. >> how many puerto ricans are here? [cheers and applause] >> ha ha ha! [speaking spanish] >> ha ha! >> well, i want to talk about -- [cheering] talk about, you have a lot of wonderful women influenced you in your life. you talk about your abuelita. >> ooh. i am sorry. this is not a cold. [laughter] >> she has allergies.
ha ha! >> and something has set off my horribly and i go into a room and they just start up. [sneezing] >> bless you. >> i i am not sick. [laughter] eva: well, you have a lot of wonderful women that you had in your life. your abuelita, your mother. aunties.otomayor: my eva: you talk about your cousins. you talk about aunts. can you talk to us about the role of role models in your life and how it can affect -- you know all of these young people here? justice sotomayor: the most important role model in almost all our lives are our parents, aren't they? our mothers, our fathers. they're the real heroes in life. not only do they work hard and help support us and they send us to school, and they help us
learn, but they also give us the fire inside of us, the thing that makes us good people, right? because mommy teaches you right and wrong and daddy does too. but they also teach you how to be kind and how to be nice. and they make you feel special. and so for me, i was lucky because i had role models in the women in my life that i just adored. my grandmother memorized poetry. and at family parties -- and there's a picture of her -- abuelita, right in the beginning of the book. that's me walking with her to go shopping on a saturday. and that's us shopping in the --
[speaking in spanish] for the chicken we were going to eat that night. and this is her reciting poetry at a family party. and my abuelita, my mom says, and so do her two daughters, my titis, to this day because i just saw them a week ago, they said to me, "you're more like mercedes than we are. you are really your grandmother." and she loved to party. i love parties. [laughter] she loved food. i love food. she loved music and art and she loved people. and i love people. and all of those things made her one of my first role model. but there was mommy. than wey grew up poorer
did. mommy's daddy had died when she was 9 years old. and her daddy had left her. and her sister, my other titi , took her in and raised her in puerto rico at a time when they were very, very poor. and mommy had the strength and the courage to read about the army in a newspaper. and her older brother had joined the army, and she decided, i should join the army too. and she took herself to san juan and passed all the tests. and the army accepted her. and that's how she came to new york. and it was here she met my daddy. but she hadn't graduated from
high school. now, you have to graduate high school to go into the army, by the way. but she hadn't graduated from high school. and she graduated or left the army, graduated from high school. and when i was in high school, she went to college. so that's my biggest role model, my mommy. because she showed me it doesn't matter where you start out. [applause] no matter how hard life is, you can become anything you want to become. and so it is important to look for role models. and it's good to start with your parents. but sometimes those role models are not in your family. sometimes they're in your school. sometimes they're -- if you're religious or go to a church or a
synagogue or some religious ceremony, you can find someone there. sometimes it's another parent. sometime it's a neighbor. but it is important to look for people who you can say are doing good things in life, that they're doing things that are important for other people and to learn from them how you can do good things too. and that's what a role model is to me. someone who helps teach me how to be a better person. and that's what you want in life is to find those better people in your life and to follow their path and to take their leadership in what you can do to make a better world.
justice sotomayor: so for me, role models are critically important. and i still look for them. and i still find them. eva: good. [applause] i'm going to ask one more question and then i'm going to give you some student questions. justice sotomayor: and then i'm going to go out in the audience. are the questions -- do we have names for the questions? eva: we do. i have names. justice sotomayor: when she starts your questions and she calls out your name, please stand up because i'll come to you. and we're going to have an individual picture. eva: i'm going to ask one more question and then we're going to go out. justice, you were the first latina ever appointed to the united states supreme court. [cheers and applause] [laughter] [cheers and applause]
eva: i was going to ask a question. i haven't even gotten to the question! [laughter] i want to know how your culture influences you either every day in your work or in your life? and can you give any advice to our young people here today on whether or not to carry that culture with them? don't be afraid about -- don't be afraid to speak spanish. don't shy away from your culture. how you do approach that every day in life? not on the court but just in life? justice sotomayor: i tell everyone, i'm a proud, proud american. as -- -- proud -- [applause] as anyone else. not only did i have a mother who served in the military, i have cousins who have served. we are a family born -- i was born and raised in new york city.
[cheers and applause] and that part of me is just filled with pride. [speaking in spanish] but i have a puerto rican heart. [applause] that's whatmayor: gives you culture. values.hat fills your your family, your identity, the culture you come from gives you the richness in your life. thes not just the food and the music, and it is not just a poetry. it's in the way that you learn how to love each other as a family. culturemily from every values the same thing -- loyalty to family, support of each
other, and support of community. for me, that is the essence of who i am and want to be. una latina. [cheers and applause] justice sotomayor: you have to live life understanding that it is in the core of your being. your culture is who you are. there is a harder question, and i am asked it all the time, which is how does it influence me being a judge. well, there is no direct correlation that one can point to. i rule on the basis of law, obviously. law has culture because law is american law. it is the law we have here.
person alsoare as a permits you to see and understand the arguments that people lay before you. sonia is, that person is a part of the culture i grew up with. the person who went to catholic school, i worked at a press -- i can nameutor, everything about my life and my identity. all of this makes me who i am. there is never one thing that makes you. you are a melting pot, to borrow a metaphor that was popular in new york. we are a melting pot, but we are also part of a big salad. each ofndividuals, and
us brings something special to the world, and yes, we should carry it with us. eva: carry it with you proudly. [cheers and applause] ok. all right. justice sotomayor: i think the adults in this room know this, but the people around the room in suits and ties with little things in their ears, they are security people. [laughter] they are here to protect me from me. [laughter] they don't like that i go doubt -- go out in the audience. that means if you are an adult, don't jump up because you will scare them. [laughter] if you are a kid, you can hug me. [laughter] so where is amelia mu noz from garrett park elementary? she is way up there.
we will walk as close as we can. justice sotomayor: come on down, sweetie. hello. hello again. como estan? this time you get a picture alone without your sister. [laughter] amelia, do you want to ask your question to the justice? speak into my microphone. woman andheart as i especially as a latina to become a supreme court justice? how does it feel to be on the supreme court? eva: good question. [applause] justice sotomayor: everything in life is hard. anywhere, to do anything,
you have to work at it. being an actress, you probably had to have hours, and hours, and hours to say lines and practice her role. the hours and hours on the set. being a supreme court justice has taken a lot of years of a lot of hard work and study. it is never easy. harder is a little bit when you come from a background that a lot of other people don't come from. if you are lucky enough like i was, puerto rican, sometimes if you have a different color skin, if your eyes are shaped a little bit differently than people are used to, they make things a bit harder for you. sometimes they don't think you are smart enough. some people, when i was nominated to the supreme court,
said i wasn't smart enough to be on the court. that hurt me a lot. is,despite how hard it there are also a lot of people in the world who help you. there are good people in the world who support you and who will make those hard moments more bearable and easier to live with. that has happened to me, too. learned -- thing i don't ever give up. [applause] because in the end, the people who said i wasn't smart enough, i'm here and they are not. [laughter] [applause]
justice sotomayor: and it is wonderful to be a voice in the room where some of the most important decisions, legal facing the united states are made. don't always win, but at least being able to explain my vote and why i believe something is right is terribly important. and finally, i get moments like this. i get to meet you. [applause] really, really wonderful to be a supreme court justice. [cheers and applause] i think it is the same elementary school.
munoz, age six. has a very important question for you. justice sotomayor: you get a picture, too. hello. [laughter] she smiles. eva: there you go. do you want to ask your question? do you remember what it was? >> yes. do you like ice cream? [laughter] justice sotomayor: i love ice cream. >> mint chocolate chip. justice sotomayor: i love chocolate chip, but not meant. -- mint. i do like chocolate chip a lot. arin.thank you, m thank you. where is nate, from merit school in d.c.? you are right here also.
justice sotomayor: hello, nate. good to see you again. eva: are you 10 years old? >> yes. eva: do you remember your question or do you want to read it? hold on. justice sotomayor: go ahead. how did your family -- is it this one? [laughter] government is making decisions that will impact the lives of kids and their future. what can kids do now to make sure their opinions are taken seriously by the government? eva: wow. [cheers and applause] great question! [applause] justice sotomayor: that's an amazing question. he deserves more than a high five. [laughter]
first, educate yourself about your government. you have to learn about how laws are affecting you. to know that, you have to figure out and learn how they are made, how the government functions, and what people in government find important, because you can't talk to people unless you have knowledge. for me, the most important class you can ever take in school has to be civics. [applause] justice sotomayor: civic education is what made this country great. it was leaders who believed that we could have a republic. when ben franklin left the constitutional convention, a woman stopped him and said, dr. franklin, do we have a monarchy or a republic? was, "aresponse
, if you keepam it." and right now, we are about to lose it. [applause] of young people saying that democracy is not important. can you imagine living in the united states, and a third of young people are saying something like that? and our voter participation among young people just doesn't exist anymore. the numbers are silently small. work, evenhave to now, at making sure your parents vote every election. [applause] , youvery adult you know have to be the first one to talk to them about those elections to encourage them to
participate, because they can count if you make them count. [applause] study about the issues. there are a lot of people who watch television, but don't really study the question. eva said she went back to school to learn about immigration because it was such an important topic for her. you can't have a voice unless it is an informed voice. people will listen to a persuasive argument. to be persuasive, you have to learn. number three, take an interest. don't lose it. keep wanting to make a difference. have passion about knowing that you can make a difference, and speak out. florida in parkland, spoke out. many of them said it was there civics class that taught them
that they had something that people might listen to. and voices are important there are people who will listen. i am glad you are asking. thank you. [applause] eva: thank you. fromhere is isabella g. prekindergarten daycare? justice sotomayor: wow. she went? eva: i don't think that was her. [laughter] ok, we will find isabella. sixth grade. hello. sotomayor:
their problems. you are a kid. frank, it is not because you are a kid, it is because people have to work out their problems sometimes by themselves. they have to figure out what is important to them and how to deal with it. you can do ishing forgiving yourself or something you are not responsible for. it is not your job. it is your job perhaps to tell them how you feel and that it you are notut responsible. there will be hard, hard times that all you can do is list through them and wait for them to end, because they will.
there will be a new beginning. there will be a different step. there will be something else that will come along and make the world sunny again. and it will. it will take time sometimes, like with my daddy. it took a long come along time for my mother to be happy again, but eventually, she was. she even, many, many years later, married another man whom she was very happy with. yes, you have to live it, and sometimes you have to cry, maybe you have to tell them how hurt you are, but in the end, forgive yourself. you are not responsible, and you can't fix it. they will have to fix it. good luck.
[applause] eva: ok. this is a very special question. camilla from swanson middle school. where is camilla? i want to say something about her. justice sotomayor: what did you do to yourself? you did? just a sprain? it's going to take a long time. [laughter] i know from experience. [laughter] ever since i got to washington, i have been nothing but accident-prone. maybe it is something in the air here, i don't know. [laughter] and her family recently moved here with her parents from puerto rico after the devastation from the hurricane maria. how many people understand the
devastation and what happened? many puerto ricans have come because of the devastation on the island. ila, where is she? ok. let's ask her a question. what is your name? cruz. ok. you will tell her. >> ok. what was the biggest challenge you faced getting to be a supreme court justice? justice sotomayor: that is a good question. you know the biggest challenge we all face in life? not to be afraid. that is our biggest challenge. because fear is usually what keeps us from doing things.
that included being a supreme court justice. during the process, i told you that people said i wasn't smart enough, and they said some other not nice things about me, and it hurt. it hurt a lot. i really was afraid both that my reputation would be damaged, but could i really do the work? because you know, when people say you can't, there is a little bit of you that says, really? can i? it took some friends to look at me and said, this is not about you, sonia. stop being selfish. this is about the all those kids out there who will look at someone like you in that position and know that things are possible for them. so stop being afraid. get off your behind and go and do it. [applause]
that's good friends, by the way. [laughter] justice sotomayor: how many of you guys in here, or girls, never have gotten up to dance because you are afraid of looking foolish? me too. i took dancing lessons when i was 50 years old because i was the only latina in a lot of parties that didn't know how to dance. [laughter] and finally at 50 i said, i should stop being afraid. there are so many things we don't try. whether it's the food that mommy hands to you and you say, no, i am not going to even taste it, all right, or the activity that someone wants you to do and he say i'm not going to do that. there are some wonderful things that can follow in your not
-- you are not afraid. because you can find the thing you will fall in love with the next minute, if you just try. so that is the biggest challenge. i think it is the biggest challenge in life to be afraid but still say yes. [applause] eva: that is all the questions i have here. oh, we found camila! you are here. justice sotomayor: oh! come on, come. eva: but he asked that question. do you have another question? i have a question for you. [laughter]
i am just photobombing on these photos, am sorry. [laughter] >> what do you want the kids to know about your book? justice sotomayor: what do i want you to learn about the book -- from the book? justice sotomayor: so many things. first, i want you to look at the pictures and find all the little things in the picture that the artist drew. i showed you one of them, the book with my library card in it. so look at my hand. it is holding a key. you know what that is a key to? it is the key to your success in life. reading.
it was my key. it can become your key now. you see the little frog? that little tiny little frog, you can barely see it, it is so tiny. do you know what that is? coqcui. -- un coqui. ofi am walking up the steps the supreme court, and a piece of puerto rico is always with me. [applause] i first want you to look at the
pictures and find all those little things. in here a picture o of puerto rico and there is a little house in it. and there are two people sitting on a porch. one of them is ironing, and the other one is standing up. that is my mother. and my titi. there are a lot of other little things in here like that. what i hope you will find in the book above all else is an understanding of how precious words are. words in comic books, words in documents, words we say to each other. they can hurt and they can help. they can make you cry or they can make you laugh. they are so powerful a tool in life.
i really want you to understand. even if you find reading hard, because many people do, learning words and about them can give you a world you would never imagine. so that is what i want you to leave with from my book. [applause] >> why did you name your book "turning pages?" justice sotomayor: because what do you do with the book? [laughter] justice sotomayor: i turn the pages. that is a very good question. come on up. [speaking in spanish] justice sotomayor: [speaking in spanish]
[applause] [speaking in spanish] justice sotomayor: [speaking in spanish] the question is, why did i want this job? [laughter] i don't know some days. [laughter] but i do know, i do. [speaking in spanish] i will do it in both languages. i believe in the good in laws. i believe laws are intended to help us be a community together. you see, different people need different things. our interests are never quite the same. what laws try to do is to give us rules that we can live
together by, that we can share resources, that we can avoid really angry problems. or fights. that we can do things together as a community. and i love being a lawyer. because as a lawyer, i got to help people in their relationships with one another. when people have problems, they come to lawyers and they ask lawyers help them with those problems. and i wanted to be someone who helped others. so, once i decided that my life would be as a lawyer, i then i thought about being a judge. i wanted to be one of the people who could help explain what the laws meant to other people.
[speaking in spanish] [applause] eva: that is all. do you want to go back up this way? is there any more? justice sotomayor: the young lady -- oh, i like that t-shirt. eva: first of all, stand up and show them your shirt. what does it tell them? show them your shirt -- sandra, sonia, ruth and elena! [applause] what is your question? >> did you ever want to be a supreme court justice as a kid? justice sotomayor: no. [laughter] i didn't even know what one was, so how could you dream about something you didn't know? all of you are far ahead of me. you are kids and you know what a supreme court justice is. i didn't. that is why reading is so important, because it helps you dream about things you wouldn't know about.
so i never imagined it. then by the time i grew up and i started to learn about the court and how important it was and the and the work it did, i began to learn that it is really, really, not just hard to get on the supreme court, but there are not that many spots. [laughter] justice sotomayor: you know, there are nine justices. we have a job for life, and in your lifetime, if the court changes more than once, that is a lot. it is really hard to get on the supreme court. in the entire history of the united dates, i am the 111th supreme court justice. [cheers and applause]
[laughter] justice sotomayor: no, i never didn't imagine and i didn't think it was possible. and i never imagined it was real until heard the white house operator's voice on my telephone say, "please hold for the president." [applause] justice sotomayor: then president barack obama came on the phone and said, judge, because i was a judge then -- "judge sotomayor, have decided i would like to make you my mama nominee to the supreme court." [cheers and applause] justice sotomayor: i didn't think it was possible until that moment. eva: there you go. i am always in the way! [laughter] justice sotomayor: hello, sweetie.
what is your question? hi. >> hi. my question is, what inspired you to write "turning pages?" justice sotomayor: what inspired me? wanting to talk to kids like you. i have collected on my book tour, because i do talks like this with kids all the time, now about my book, i get hugs. i have probably gotten more than 3000 hugs. [laughter] justice sotomayor: i just love every hug i get. so i really do like kids. i love you. i'm still a kid at heart. i have another children's book coming out in september. [applause] justice sotomayor: yep.
that look is called "just ask, be different, be brave, be you." and it was born from something that happened to me as a diabetic. you know, i give myself insulin shots and there are people who look at me and look at me like i'm strange. you know, i'm giving myself this needle, there must be something wrong with me. i overheard one lady in a restaurant one day who had seen me in the bathroom telling the person she was with -- "she's a drug addict!" [laughter] justice sotomayor: i went up to her and i said, "i'm not a drug addict, i'm a diabetic.
and you shouldn't assume things about people." but people do. when kids have differences, when they are struggling with things -- how many of you have food allergies? some kids have food allergies. some kids are blind, some kids are deaf, some kids find reading very, very hard. you know, we can be different. and sometimes people make us feel bad because we are different. and i wanted to write a book to tell everybody being different is not just ok, we are stronger, we are braver, we are different, but we are just us. and we give to the world.
we give good things [applause] -- we give good things to the world. [applause] justice sotomayor: and so i wrote that book for all the kids who deal with things in her life -- their life that are hard. >> can i give you a hug? justice sotomayor: yes, thank you. thank you so much. eva: your name and your question? >> my question is, as a supreme court judge, have you ever gotten any problems, and how do you overcome it? justice sotomayor: as a supreme court justice, have i ever had any problems? well -- [laughter] justice sotomayor: you know, i am one of nine judges.
and the other guys, they don't always listen to me. [laughter] and that can be very frustrating. have you ever had a moment with your mother or father where you are trying to explain something and you don't think they are listening? yeah, i think it happens to all of us. no? they always listen? they are good. they are really good. [laughter] justice sotomayor: you get frustrated because you want toc shake people who are listening and say, please listen to me, this is so right. why do think that way? you are so wrong. [laughter] and that can be hard. that can be very hard. but we have a way of getting past it. that is, we can write what we think and other people can read it and understand why we think
they are wrong. because of that, that helps me. it helps the with my problem because i can talk about it. that is what one can do with most problems. it helps to talk about them. sometimes you can talk to your parents about them, almost all the time. maybe some not, maybe you they -- have to go to a friend, or you go to your grandmother. i used to do that a lot. but talking about your problems helps a lot. eva: we have time for one more question. pick!make me let's have you right here. do you want to meet her? [applause] justice sotomayor: hello.
what is your name? >> ingrid. justice sotomayor: [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish] eva: the camera guy's not here? he is leaving me. [laughter] here you go, ingrid. >> how does it feel to be the first latina in the supreme court? [cheers and applause] justice sotomayor: awesome. really awesome. as i said to you earlier, to be a voice in the room is so important, but to be a latina and to do things that i know you can do too is even better. so for all the latinos and latinas in this room, i don't want to be the only latina justice on the supreme court. [cheers and applause]
justice sotomayor: hurry up. hurry up, grow up. [laughter] justice sotomayor: work hard in either join me, or come take my place. ok? [laughter] [applause] eva: i am going to come back up here. ok. i want to thank everybody for being here, for coming out today to listen to the wise words of our wise latina. [cheers and applause] eva: thank you, justice, for writing this amazing book, adding to your library. you should just become an author, but we need you so much on the court. [laughter]
thank you so much for coming. any last words, justice? justice sotomayor: i said it earlier, i truly love you. thank you for the support, thank you for the interest, thank you for spending this time with us. thank you for being you. eva: thank you for having me. [applause] [cheers and applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: tonight on "the communicators," on capitol hill with john thune, who chairs the
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