In Her Honor

TIME’S UP Responds to Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Changing Laws & Policy, Equity, Federal Policy, In Her Honor, Power, Safety, TIME'S UP 2020

Moments ago, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tonight’s vote was the most partisan in over 150 years: No Democrats voted in favor of this extreme nominee.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement: 

“The undemocratic and reckless actions of a majority of Republican senators to rush the confirmation of such an extreme nominee to a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court — just eight days before an election with nearly 60 million votes already cast — lays bare what their leadership is truly afraid of: the American people.

“But we are not afraid. We are more determined than ever to carry on the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy by recommitting to the fight for racial, gender, and social justice. And that starts with voting.

“In her honor — and in honor of our caregivers, frontline workers, the more than 225,000 American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rights of all people across this country — we must voice our dissent and our outrage about this sham of a process at the ballot box. Our lives and our livelihoods depend on it.”

Additional Background

Judge Barrett has ruled against sexual violence survivors multiple times. Judge Barrett has a record of defending abusers and abusive institutions in cases of campus and prison sexual harassment and assault.

Judge Barrett defended overt racial discrimination in the workplace. Judge Barrett upheld a dismissal of a workplace discrimination case in 2019, saying that calling a Black employee the ‘n word’ does not make for a hostile or abusive work environment.

Judge Barrett threatens the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Judge Barrett has long signaled she would rule in ways that deny the rights to LGBTQIA+ people, whether by repealing marriage equality or refusing to recognize the rights of transgender people. If seated on the Court, she could erode these rights immediately, with oral arguments on whether taxpayer-funded adoption agencies can turn away LGBTQIA+ families scheduled for November 4 – the day after Election Day.


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.