In recent years the number of women occupying important positions in public life in the United States has grown ...
SV PAN AND MV Justices looking as Justice Susie Marshall Sharp stands for oath-taking (2 shots)
CU Justice Sharp replying
GV Justice Sharp seated with other judges
CU Portrait TILT DOWN TO Justice Sharp as others look on (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "The ceremonies were re-enacted late in the afternoon in the Supreme Court Chambers. Cameras were banned from the official oath-taking at eleven. Justice I. Beverly Lake administered the oath, while Justices Moore, Blanche and Huskins looked on. (.."to the constitution and laws of the United States, so help you God?" "I do.") With the swearing-in, Justice Sharp becomes the first woman Chief Justice in the nation. In a speech that followed, Justice Sharp praised former Chief Justice William Bobbit and Associate Justice Carl Al Higgins. The 77-year-old Miss Sharp led the Democratic ticket in November, winning more than 74 per cent of the votes from Republican fire-extinguisher-salesman James Newcombe. Justice Sharp was supported by all her fellow Justices in the election. This is Larry Starger reporting."
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Background: In recent years the number of women occupying important positions in public life in the United States has grown ... slowly but inexorably. The trend was continued on Friday (3 January) when Miss Susie Marshall Sharp became the nation's first woman Chief Justice.
Sixty-seven-year-old Miss Sharp -- a Democrat -- won the North Carolina Chief Justice election in November 1974, defeating her Republican male opponent, fire-extinguisher-salesman James Newcombe, with 74 per cent of the votes polled.
Television News Incorporated's reporter Larry Starger was present at an afternoon re-enactment of Friday morning's official swearing-in ceremony for Miss Sharp. His commentary on the proceedings accompanies this film.