Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is profiled by legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen in the September 28 issue of the New Republic. During her twenty years of service, Justice Ginsburg has defended progressive principles, particularly as they apply to women and the poor, and scathingly critiqued the conservative male majority. She has no intention of retiring: “Who do you think the president could nominate and get through the current Senate that you would rather see on the Court than me?”
Joined on the bench by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg is outspoken in her support of feminism, and holds up an unflinching mirror to her male colleagues. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, she stated the male justices had a “blind spot” on women’s issues, and in 2007 in Gonzales v. Carhart, she railed against the idea that “Big Brother must protect the woman against her own weakness and immature misjudgment.”
“Who do you think the president could nominate and get through the current Senate that you would rather see on the Court than me?”
Ginsburg believes the fight for gender equality continues. She says, “One thing that concerns me is that today’s young women don’t seem to care that we have a fundamental instrument of government that makes no express statement about the equal citizenship stature of men and women.” She also worries that modern women have relaxed in the fight for equality. “They know there are no closed doors anymore, and they may take for granted the rights that they have.”
Justice Ginsburg remains an inspiration to women of all generations and a vibrant example of how one person’s influence can affect change in our society.