Ruth Ginsburg Gender Discrimination

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Women in the Judiciary Women have endeared many struggles with equality and rights. And as we all know; women did not even receive the right to vote until the 19th Amendment in 1920. This was one of the first steps towards giving women equal rights. Many women over the years have devoted their lives to finding this equality for women; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, is one of these many women. Ginsburg has used her work in law and the US Supreme Court to not only defy stereotypes about women in power, but to make a change for women across the United States. Ruth Bader was born on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents, Nathan and Celia Bader were Russian Jewish immigrants, living in the Flatbush neighborhood. Ginsburg’s Jewish background is still a big part of her life to this day. We do not know much more than that abut her life except that her mother passed away the day before Ruth’s high school graduation. Before her passing, Ruth’s mother played a big role in her education; making sure Ruth knew her education was important. (Wikipedia) After…show more content…
Reed, a case about gender discrimination from Idaho. On the morning of January 17, 1973, Ginsburg stood before a panel and asked them to do something always refused to do; recognize that the Constitution banned sex discrimination. This was Ruth’s first time arguing before the court. Ginsburg continued to argue against the case while the judges sat in silence. She continued with, “Sex, like race, is a visible, immutable characteristic bearing no necessary relationship to ability”. Ginsburg then quoted abolitionist Sarah Grimké by saying, “She spoke not elegantly, but with unmistakable clarity, I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” (Carmon 43-46) This was the end of Ruth’s ten minutes in front of the justices, and they were shocked into silence. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had found her passion and continued to
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