Archive for ‘Ginsburg’

March 30, 2013

A Conversation with the Women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court

by Angela N. Johnson

I recently stumbled across a video of an insightful discussion among all four women who have served/are serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan reminisce about the time they first heard the news of Justice O’Connor’s appointment and they each share stories and thoughts about their careers. It is entertaining and well worth your time.

 

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The video can be viewed by clicking the photo above or this link: Conversation with Women U.S. Supreme Court Justices

April 22, 2011

A Special Interview with Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg

by Angela N. Johnson

The 2010 Women’s Conference featured an interview with trailblazers Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Diane Sawyer asked the Justices a variety of questions and portions of the event were televised on ABC, which can be viewed as follows:

5-Minute Clip of Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg speaking about law school, as U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and Gendered-Judging.

11-Minute Clip of Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg, including a recorded message from Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.

These clips give wonderful insight into the view of the court from the lenses of these lady way-pavers. Law school, work experiences, and gendered judging are discussed as well as a special thank you from Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.

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March 27, 2011

Justice Ginsburg’s Tribute to Judicial “Way Pavers”

by Angela N. Johnson

This article was taken from Ginsburg’s address at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges in Atlanta, Georgia on October 7, 1995.  In her address, Ginsburg discusses three “way pavers” who made women’s inclusion in the judiciary more than just a rare curiosity.  Judges Florence Ellinwood Allen, Burnita Shelton Matthews, and Shirley Mount Hufstedler – those among the first women to be seated on the federal bench, are discussed.

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December 30, 2010

A Closer Look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Angela N. Johnson

Photo Courtesy: Thelmagazine.com

Stephanie Francis Ward, journalist for the ABA Journal wrote the October 1, 2010 cover story, “Family Ties,” detailing both the private and public lives of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This article provides interesting insight on Ginsburg’s path to success, fight for gender equality, and how her husband, Martin, was her greatest supporter.  Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed for the United States Supreme Court in 1993, making her the second female justice to serve on the high court.  Husband, Martin Ginsburg played an important role in Ginsburg’s success; “Their marriage – and the sharing of expectations and parenting responsibilities – impelled both Ginsburgs to achieve” (Ward).  A colleague remembers, “At one point Ginsburg [responding to calls about her son, James] said, ‘This boy has a father – call him,’ and instructed the school to alternate calls between herself and her husband” (Ward).  According to Ginsburg, “A child should have two caring parents who share the joys and often the burdens.  It really does take a man who regards his wife as his best friend, his equal, his true partner in life. . . It takes women and men who are feminists.  By feminists I mean people who think women should have equal chances to do whatever their talent permits them to do” (Ward).  At the time Ginsburg was attending law school first at Harvard, then Columbia (she transferred to be with her husband who found employment in NYC), day cares and nursery schools were rare.  The fact her husband was willing to share the child care responsibilities allowed Ginsburg to devote time to her studies. Though she says, “I attribute to my daughter the responsibility for why I was such a good law student.  I went home, played with Jane, had dinner and then I was ready to go back to the books.  It was the pause that refreshes” (Ward).  Martin Ginsburg died in the summer of 2010, “In August, Ginsburg told the Associated Press that her work helps her cope with the loss of her husband, and she has no immediate plans to retire” (Ward).

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December 29, 2010

The Original Mama Grizzly: Justice Ginsburg

by Angela N. Johnson

Admittedly, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the trailblazer, the ACLU litigator, the feminist, and the Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court is both my heroine and my greatest inspiration. (I have her on daily google alert).  Her five out of six prevailing cases which she successfully argued as an attorney for the ACLU Women’s Right Project in the SCOTUS greatly impacted women’s rights.  In this ABA Columnist View, Debra Cassens Weiss regards RBG as the ultimate “Mama Grizzly” for her contributions to gender equality; without which not even Sarah Palin would be the Title IX basketball star she was.

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