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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tells Young Women: 'Fight For The Things You Care About'
“We are here today to honor how one person -- our honoree, Ruth Bader
Ginsburg -- knocked on closed doors, opened them and held them open for
That's how the Dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for
Advanced Study, Lizabeth Cohen, introduced Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg at a luncheon at Harvard Universityon May 29. Ginsburg, who was given the Radcliffe Medal, took
the stage and had some powerful advice for the young women in the crowd.
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a
way that will lead others to join you,"the 82-year-old said, in response to a question regarding the
advice she would give young women today.
Ginsburgreflected on landmark women's rights casesthat she worked on when she first
became a Justice in the 1970s. "The object was to get at a stereotype that
held women back from doing whatever their talent would allow them to do,"she said. "The notion was that there were separate
spheres for the sexes. Men were the doers in the world and women were the
She later added that now is a better time than any for
women to go after what they want. "Young women today have a great
advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors," Ginsburg said.
"That was basically what the '70s was all about. Opening doors that had
been closed to women."