Since Louis Brandeis was the 67th Supreme Court justice named court's history, one might argue it was not really statistically overdue -- Jews did not represent even 2.2 percent of the population until 1910.
The nomination of Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court is historic. The great thing about a historic first is that it begins the process of transforming what came before into an outdated anachronism.
With so much progress over the last 50 years, who'd have thought we may soon be reliving the fictional life of young Lucy Lynch in mid-20th century Thomaston. I am filled with nostalgia at the thought.