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Jill Biden: ‘We need more women on the Supreme Court’

First lady Jill Biden speaks with Mika Brzezinski at the Forbes 50 Over 50 Celebration
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Jill Biden says the country has to get more women both in Congress and on the Supreme Court.

“I know I always say that I’m not political, but I have to say this,” Biden told an audience Wednesday during an “50 over 50” event in New York held by Forbes magazine.

“We have to teach younger women how important it is to be involved in public service because we have to get more women elected to Congress,” she said.

“We need more women on the Supreme Court,” Biden exclaimed to applause.

Female lawmakers make up 27 percent of Congress. Three of the nine justices on the Supreme Court are women.

The first lady’s comments come as the high court considers multiple cases related to abortion this year, including restrictive laws in Texas and Mississippi.

“I’ve got a list of things I want you to do,” Biden, 70, said during her interview with “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinski.

“If you’re in education, even if you’re not in your workplace, I want you to offer scholarships for women to go back to school or continue their education,” she said.

Biden also delivered a call to action to women in the room, urging support for both child care — “It not just a women’s issue, it is a human issue” — and diversity in the workforce.

The event was tied to Forbes’s inaugural “50 Over 50” list, which honors women “entrepreneurs, leaders and creators who are part of an exhilarating movement redefining life’s second half and proving that success has no age limit.”

The list-makers — whom Forbes said were selected from more than 10,000 nominees — include Vice President Harris, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, among others. The list was created in partnership with Brzezinski.

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