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Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her #MeToo moment, experienced as a law student in the 1950s

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stopped by the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of the documentary RBG, which celebrates the life and accomplishments of everyone’s favorite Supreme Court justice. During an interview at the festival with Nina Totenberg of NPR, Ginsburg opened up about a number of topics, from Robert Redford (“he’s just as good-looking”) to the Women’s March.

As USA Today reports, Ginsburg said that after last year’s Women’s March, she wondered if the movement would maintain its momentum. The tremendous turnout at Women’s Marches across the country this past weekend is proof that it will, she opined.

“The more women that are out there doing things, the better off the rest of us will be for it,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg, who moderated the conversation. “That’s something my dear friend and colleague Sandra Day O’Connor often said.”

The 84-year-old also touched on the #MeToo movement, recalling her own experience with sexual harassment as a law student at Cornell in the 1950s. She said that a professor once offered to give her a practice exam, but actually proffered up the real test. “I knew exactly what he wanted in return,” Ginsburg said. “And that’s just one of the many examples.” She said she didn’t shy away from dealing with the matter, adding that she “went to his office and said, ‘How dare you! How dare you do this?’ And that was the end of that.” Ginsburg went on to tell the audience about other experiences she had with sexism throughout her career, particularly while she was working as a law professor.

On a lighter note, Ginsburg revealed that she is a fan of SNL star Kate McKinnon’s impression of her. “I would like to say ‘Ginsburned!’ sometimes to my colleagues,” the justice said, referring to McKinnon’s catchphrase for the character. “It’s marvelously funny.” Watch Totenberg’s full interview with Ginsburg below.

Read the full story at USA Today.


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