US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her experiences over gender inequality at the Sundance Film Festival panel for a documentary about her life, “RBG” in Park City, Utah.
When asked about the #MeToo movement, she said, “It’s about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could do about it, but now the law is on the side of women, or men, who encounter harassment, and that’s a good thing,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg.
But Ginsburg, who would later go on to become a nationally recognised women’s rights lawyer and then the second woman ever appointed to the nation’s highest court, refused to be intimidated by her instructor.
She said she “went to his office and said: ‘How dare you? How dare you do this?’ And that was the end of that.”
People assumed Ginsburg must have done well in the exam but she replied she deliberately made a few mistakes.
Sexual harassment was very common back then as well, said the justice — “every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is, although we didn’t have a name for it” — and said she didn’t worry there would be a backlash to the recent wave of allegations of sexual misconduct.
“So far it’s been great,” she said. “When I see women appearing every place in numbers, I’m less worried about a backlash than I might have been 20 years ago.”
The 84-year-old justice shared few other stories of the blatant sexism she comes across as a young professional.
Ginsburg has been on the Supreme Court for 25 years and has acquired a fan following for her revolutionary work against gender discrimination and her dry sense of humor. She has been dubbed “the Notorious RBG” by her followers, and has been imitated on “Saturday Night Live.”
This story originally appeared on NBC News.
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