Ginsburg Discusses Justice and Advocacy at Radcliffe Day Celebration

Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen and Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Tony RinaldoRadcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen and Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Tony Rinaldo
Harvard Magazine
May 29, 2015
By Stephanie Garlock

When Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, L ’59, LL.D. ’11, enrolled at Harvard Law School in the mid 1950s, she was one of just nine women in her class. Only a handful of women had served as federal judges in the nation by that time; 10 years later, women still accounted for barely 1 percent of Supreme Court litigators, and less than 2 percent of the faculty at the nation’s law schools. As late as 1979—two years before Sandra Day O’Connor’s precedent-breaking appointment to the Court—a behind-the-scenes book about that institution could be titled, accurately, The BrethrenAs Kathleen M. Sullivan, J.D. ’81, told Ginsburg in front of an enthusiastic Radcliffe Day crowd on Friday: “There isn’t a glass ceiling you haven’t broken.”

Ginsburg, the recipient of the 2015 Radcliffe Medal, has been a fierce promoter of understanding women’s rights as a constitutional principle from the earliest stages in her career.

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