Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn't Giving Up Her Fight for Women's Rights
For much of the last half-century, Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the drive for women’s rights. These days, she spends lots of time on defense.
In disputes over equal pay, birth control and abortion access, the 81-year-old U.S. Supreme Court justice is battling a Republican-appointed majority she has accused of undercutting the ability of women to participate equally in the economy.
Her increasingly pointed dissents — she called a 2007 ruling upholding a ban on some abortions “alarming” and said a 2014 decision limiting contraceptive coverage had “startling breadth” — have made her a symbol for her cause, venerated by fans with songs, T-shirts and tattoos.
And while those arguments might not have won over her male colleagues, Ginsburg says she isn’t giving up.
“I was a law school teacher,” she said during an interview in an oak-paneled conference room at the court, surrounded by portraits of the first eight chief justices. “And that’s how I regard my role here with my colleagues, who haven’t had the experience of growing up female and don’t fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women’s way.”