March 13, 2008

Honring Hen: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 9:09 pm by Katelyn

I had the priviledge of hearing Justice Ginsburg speak at a Jewish Americans event a few months ago.  I did not attend the event with hopes of an interesting conversation between Ginsburg and the moderator.  I assumed it would be educational & scholarly – lecture-style – given her position, but I was pleasantly surprised by a witty & intimate conversation.

Ginsburg grew up in Brooklyn among working class immigrants with a mother adamant about independence and education.  Ginsburg made her mother proud by attending Cornell University for her undergraduate degree and continuing on to Harvard Law School (though she graduated from Columbia Law School) at a time where the dean would ask the women what it felt like to occupy places that could have gone to deserving men.

Ginsburg went on to a law career as an advocate for specific causes — National Organization for Women & American Civil Liberties Union — until she was appointed a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Carter in 1980 and then appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993.

One statement Justice Ginsburg made that left an impression on me about how far she has come and how she is representative of so many people was this: “The difference between a bookkeeper and a Supreme Court Justice?  One generation. “

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