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WASHINGTON, DC — The Independent Women’s Forum supports the president’s nomination today of Harriet Miers to fill the seat vacated by retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

“Ms. Miers has had a long and distinguished career as one of the foremost lawyers in the country makes her a well qualified candidate. Members from both sides of the aisle have recognized her professional achievements and qualifications and recommended her to the President as a nominee,” said IWF senior vice president Michelle Bernard.

“While IWF supports the nomination of Harriet Miers to be associate justice of the Supreme Court, IWF rejects the feminist argument that the seat to which she was nominated is a ‘woman’s seat.'” continued Bernard. “In originally nominating John Roberts to replace Justice O’Connor, the President laid to rest the notion that any one sex or ethnic group owns a particular seat on the Court. Having established that principle last summer, and having elevated John Roberts to be chief justice, the President was free to make this selection free from concerns of gender politics.”

“The president selected his trusted friend and attorney Harriet Miers. We do not doubt that Ms. Miers is qualified for the post, and for that reason, the Senate should act quickly to confirm her,” added Bernard.

“Only time will tell whether Ms. Miers will be a justice who understands the difference between law and politics and who exercises her judicial power with restraint. We are cautiously optimistic.”