Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her Own #MeToo Story

Danny Woods
January 23, 2018

Ginsburg told Totenberg during the roughly 90-minute discussion in Park City, Utah, that the #MeToo push is "about time".

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the high court, says she once faced a college professor's implicit come-on when he gave her an exam before the other students.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised the #MeToo movement and shared a personal experience of sexual harassment in a conversation at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

Ginsburg, who will turn 85 in March, just hired, an indication that she has no intention of retiring anytime soon. When asked by a reporter if she aced that chemistry test, she said she "deliberately made two mistakes". The instructor gave her a practice exam, but it ended up being identical to the real thing. "And I knew exactly what he wanted in return", she said.

"It's an honor for me because I've had such a long history of admiration for (Ginsburg)", he said. "And that was the end of that".

As reported by The Hill, the 84-year-old Ginsburg also noted that she has no intentions of leaving her position on the Supreme Court, despite the constant rumors that circulate around Washington D.C. suggesting she will retire.

"I liked the actress who portrayed me, and I would like to say "Gins-burn" sometimes to my colleagues", Ginsburg said at an event at the Sundance Film Festival.

Justice Ginsburg went on to tell the story of when Columbia Law School issued lay-off notices to twenty-five women in the maintenance department, but didn't lay off a single man. But, Ginsburg said, there wasn't much that could be done at the time.

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Totenberg opened the interview by asking the justice if she faced sexual harassment as a young woman. "You have a husband with a good paying job in NY", the dean responded.

And that was just the beginning of her career fighting for women's rights. "When I see women appearing every place in numbers, I'm less anxious about a backlash than I might have been 20 years ago".

In response to the dean's remarks, a group of women employed at Rutgers worked together to file an Equal Pay Act complaint, which the university later settled.

"The more women are out there doing things, the better off all of us will be for it".

"My colleagues are judiciously silent about the 'notorious RBG, '" she said, referring to the nickname that's given her internet meme notoriety.

Ginsburg spoke with affection and tenderness about her husband, an attorney and excellent cook who passed away in 2010 from cancer.

"The first time I heard then-Professor Scalia speak, I disagreed with a good deal of what he said, but I was captivated with the way he said it. ..." "As long as I can do the job full-steam, I will be here".

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