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Ruth Bader Ginsburg pays first visit to VMI since opening military institute’s doors to women

February 2, 2017

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid her first trip to the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, the school whose all-male admissions policy the 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice famously struck down in a majority decision 20 years ago.

In a speech made before the school’s cadets, Ginsburg said that despite opposition — including that of her legendary friend and adversary Justice Antonin Scalia — she knew that opening the school’s doors to women “would make VMI a better place.” Even those initially opposed, she added, would come to see “how much good women could do for the institution.”

Laura Tyler Chambers, a 2003 graduate of VMI, met with Ginsburg before the event to present the 83-year-old justice with her own steel combat ring. “I gave it to her to thank her for battling us,” Chambers said.

During the talk, Ginsburg sported a “keydet” pin that was awarded to mothers of graduating cadets in the 1960s. She explained that it had been sent to her from a man who graduated VMI in 1967 after the death of his mother, telling her that “he thought she would be proud if I wear it.”

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