After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday, a new political battle is set to play out as the Republican-controlled senate is expected to attempt to stall any hearing on a nomination from President Obama that would make the court predominately liberal instead of conservative for the first time since the 1970s. Meanwhile, feminists are hoping that Obama will nominate his third female justice, and the fifth ever, to a court that has seen 108 men serve — Obama’s previous two appointments to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, doubled the number of female Justices to have ever served on the Supreme Court from two to four. Cosmopolitan’s Jill Filipovic has provided a shortlist of 13 female candidates who would fit the bill, although some, such as Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Kelly, 51, will likely face an easier time with Senate Republicans than others. Kelly, a former law-school classmate of Obama’s, has in the past received public support from the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Obama also has the option to bypass the Senate with a recess appointment, but given the importance and high-profile of the nomination such a choice would be unpopular and could lead to further political fallout.
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