|Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 20 x 16 oil on linen Collection of the artist|
Ginsburg was one of only nine women in her class at Harvard Law School. It was a time in the world where it was lawful to treat women as less than men. Just as an example of the attitude around women at the time, a few years after she finished her law degree at Columbia Law School, Chief Justice Earl Warren’s Supreme Court upheld, unanimously, the state of Florida’s exclusion of women from jury service because a “woman is still regarded as the center of home and family life.”
Her career is a shining example of proving that attitude wrong, and she worked throughout her career to make sure all women had equal access to their career of choice.
Before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, she argued six cases before the high court, winning five, all with a husband and two children at home.
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