Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her Own Experience with Sexual Harassment

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her Own Experience with Sexual Harassment

The 84-year-old NY native talked about her support for the #MeToo movement and doing so, brought up some not-so-fond memories of her experience with sexual harassment in the 1950s.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says thanks for asking, but she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

On Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, Ginsburg spoke about the #MeToo movement, her own experiences with sexual harassment, and exactly what she thinks of SNL cast member Kate McKinnon's impression. "Now the law is on the side of the women and men who encounter harassment, and that's a good thing".

Ginsburg, clutching her microphone with both hands, said she grasped the seriousness of the abusive power collegiate men could have over women during her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in the 1950s.

"He said, 'I'll give you a practice exam.' So he gave me a practice exam", Ginsburg said, according to the Cut. "So he gave me a practice exam".

When Ginsburg went to class the next day, she discovered that the professor had actually just slipped her an advance copy of the real test.

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"I liked the actress who portrayed me", Ginsburg said.

"I went to (the instructor's) office and said, 'How dare you?"

"The attitude towards sexual harassment was 'get past it, boys will be boys.' This was not considered anything you could do anything about, that the law could do anything about", she continued. "And that was the end of that".

When Totenberg asked Ginsburg for her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the justice didn't miss a beat.

She co-founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter, a pioneering law journal out of Rutgers School of Law, where she taught. She's experienced it, like most women. Totenberg said that Ginsburg probably did pretty well on it-but the Notorious RBG wasn't about to leave any pride on the floor. "He was concerned I couldn't do the job, wouldn't be there when he needed me because I would be taking care of my child".

Ginsburg attended Sundance to celebrate the debut of the "RBG" documentary about her career.

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