"'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'”, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Chapter VI.
I listened to portions of the Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing on 3/23/2022. She was asked, "Can you provide a definition for the word 'woman'?", by a woman senator. Judge Jackson's answer, "No, I can’t, not in this context, I'm not a biologist." Later, She was questioned by a male senator. She said she is and her mother is, but she wouldn't because it could come up before the Supreme Court.
There must be thousands of the term 'woman' in use in laws and regulations along with rules set by non-governmental organizations. When parties agree to sign a contract, the words are taken to mean what is accepted at the time said words are written in the contract.
The United States Constitution is a contract with WE THE PEOPLE and the government formed under its words. To allow controversy and confusion to be applied to a word (woman) that has served civilization for millennia is Humpty Dumptyism!
In the Judge's opening statement, " And I know that my judicial role is further constrained by careful adherence to precedent." She said this under oath The word ' woman' has precedent. So do ALL of the words in the Constitution.
Continuing, "Thank you for this historic chance to join the highest Court, to work with brilliant colleagues, to inspire future generations, and to ensure liberty and justice for all." If she can't handle ‘woman’, how's she going to handle 'liberty' and 'justice'? Precedence?
DANGER! New meanings to old laws if confirmed. New meanings in law is the purpose of Congress unless you don't believe in democratic republics.