Sotomayor tells Sesame Street: ‘Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career’

By Kay Steiger
Friday, November 9, 2012 13:39 EDT
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Stotomayor on Sesame Street
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Supreme Court Justice Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered some real talk to to Sesame Street character Abby about princesses and careers.

Sotomayor explained that a “career is something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time,” but when Abby says she wants to be a princess, Sotomayor shut that down pretty quickly.

“Abby, pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” Sotomayor said.

Abby replies, “You’re right. I guess a princess isn’t really a job.”

Instead, Sotomayor suggested, Abby could be “a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer and even a scientist.” She explained how she got to be a Supreme Court justice, to which Abby replied, “Wow, that sounds important.”

“It is,” Sotomayor confirmed.

Take that, Disney.

Watch the video, uploaded to YouTube by Sesame Street on Nov. 9.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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