Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares One Of Her Own #MeToo Experiences

23 January, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at Sundance's Cinema Cafe prior to being interviewed by NPR's Nina Totenberg in connection with the documentary

When asked at the Sundance Film Festival for her thoughts on the nascent #MeToo movement, she was unequivocal with her praise: "It's about time", Ginsburg told her interviewer.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

Right now, Ginsburg said she's not concerned about the potential backlash the #MeToo movement might cause women.

"For so long women were silent", Ginsburg told listeners. "But now the law is on the side of women or men who encounter harassment, and that's big thing". Ginsburg, a pioneering legal figure in the fight for gender equality, also discussed her experience facing blatant pay inequality at Rutgers University, and how she and other women banded together to sue their employer.

Ginsburg said there was nothing a young woman could do about harassment at the time. When she took the real test, she found it was the same as the practice test. "And that's just one of the many examples".

The experience took place in the early 1950s when the term "sexual harassment" wasn't yet in existence.

Ginsburg, who worked as a women's rights attorney before being appointed to the nation's high court, said she later went to the professor's office and confronted him, telling him: "How dare you do this?"

"I liked the actress who portrayed me and I would like to say 'Ginsburned!' sometimes to my colleagues", she said, referring to McKinnon's made-up catch phrase for the justice.


"I think it's about time", the 84-year-old justice said.

"So far, it's been great", she added.

Ginsburg said she deliberately made two mistakes on the exam.

Ginsburg enrolled at Harvard Law School in 1956, one of just nine women in a class of over 500, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.

Her husband Martin - who died in 2010 and who she has called the first man who "cared that I had a brain" - was sent to deal with things that day.

If only we knew the context in which she pulled out the 'Ginsburged'. She has seen the 2016 Saturday Night Live "Gins-burn" parody, featuring Kate McKinnon as the black-robed justice.

Watch Ginsburg and Totenberg's conversation above, starting around 29:18.

On Sunday, Ginsburg said, "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here".

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