October 14, 2020 at 8:02 AM EDT
Many Catholic women see themselves in Amy Coney Barrett. Others see an impossible standard.
By Samantha Schmidt and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
As Erin Lynch watched Barrett introduce her seven children, she thought about her own family, as a pregnant working mother with two young kids.
When Barrett spoke of the importance of her faith, Lynch thought about her own devout Catholic upbringing. And when the judge recalled her time at Notre Dame, the 27-year-old remembered seeing the law professor speak years ago at the university in South Bend, Ind., where she also attended college.
“I seriously so admire her story” she texted her friend, a fellow Catholic woman, as she watched the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings this week.
Still, Lynch was bothered by the way the judge’s story was being used by politicians. She felt Trump was exploiting the nomination to try to win over Catholic suburban women like her, she said. And she was frustrated that senators continued to bring up Barrett’s large family.