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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'For so long, women were silent'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'For so long, women were silent'

The 84-year-old feminist icon from Brooklyn, speaking Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, reflected on the burgeoning success of the #MeToo movement, as well as her own brushes with harassment and gender inequality.

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. "But the law is now on the side of women or men who encounter harassment, and that's a good thing".

As for the recent #MeToo movement, the Supreme Court justice isn't anxious about the backlash.

"Every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is, though we didn't have a name for it", said Ginsburg, adding that the attitude women faced was "get past it", and "boys will be boys".

Ginsburg said she was preparing for a chemistry test when her instructor offered "a practice exam". When she took the real test, she found it was the same as the practice test.

"The next day, the test is the practice exam, and I knew exactly what he wanted in return", Ginsburg said. "And that's just one of the many examples". At front and center is the question of sexual harassment.

She had no legal options to strike back at the teacher so Ginsburg stormed into his office saying, "How dare you?"

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"That was the very year the Equal Pay Act had passed", Ginsburg said. Ginsburg then shared an incident that occurred in the 1950s when she was a student at Cornell University.

"I deliberately made two mistakes".

Is seems that the Notorious RBG was notorious long before she earned the moniker.

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. Scalia died in 2016, and Ginsburg said she loved him for "his sense of humor". "... I think she enhances the quality of our festival just by being here".

Ginsburg's statement that she intends to stick around through 2020 is a pretty clear message to conservatives that if they want to be sure to have their way with the Constitution they'd better hang onto the White House and the Senate in the 2020 elections.

It is likely that if Ginsburg stepped down, Trump would appoint a more conservative justice to replace her.

"I liked the actress who portrayed me (Kate McKinnon) and I would like to say "Gins-burn" sometimes to my colleagues".

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