Photo of the day: A portrait of the women of the Supreme Court

The Four Justices celebrates the strong, smart women of the Supreme Court—three quarters of whom hail from NYC

The Four Justices by Nelson Shanks; 2012

The Four Justices by Nelson Shanks; 2012 Portrait: Nelson Shanks

The National Portrait Gallery recently revealed a new portrait of the female Supreme Court Justices—three out of four of whom hail from New York City, incidentally. The painting, titled The Four Justices, is by artist Nelson Shanks and is currently on loan to the Smithsonian for the next three years. It was commissioned by financier Ian Cumming and his wife, Annette.

The trio of Gotham-originating women represent the Bronx (Sonia Sotomayor), Manhattan (Elena Kagan) and Brooklyn (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), while the trailblazing veteran Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was born in Texas. The piece is meant to inspire conversation about young women breaking barriers; to us, it's also a celebration of strong, smart NYC women. However, the question remains: When will the ladies of Staten Island and Queens step onto the court?

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