Justice Ginsburg wants all-female Supreme Court

In a candid conversation on C-SPAN, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her thoughts on “Women, Gender Discrimination and the Courts” at the University of Colorado Law School and said she thought there should be an all-female court.

Ginsberg reflected on Justice Sandra Day O’Connor being the lone female voice on the court for 12 years. When Ginsberg was appointed, the National Association of Women Judges held a reception where they presented her with a t-shirt that read “I’m Ruth, not Sandra”, as well as one to O’Connor that read “I’m Sandra, not Ruth”. Ginsberg noted that lawyers would confuse them even though they didn’t look alike, or speak alike.

During the period of time when she was the only female on the bench, she said it was lonely. “It was the wrong perception for people to see a little woman and eight large men,” Ginsberg said.

“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” said Ginsberg.

See her comments here.


Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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8 thoughts on “Justice Ginsburg wants all-female Supreme Court

  1. Janeen says:

    Not 9 like her…please NO.

  2. seazen says:

    9 women??? Oh, no. What a terrifying thought. It is far better to have 9 men – they are just so much more reasonable, intelligent and just. And it would be best if they were all white, fat, and rich.

  3. MORT KUFF says:

    Hi, Ruthy, Baby . . .

    I understand how and why you felt lonely when you were the only female on the Supreme Court.

    But, I'm guessing that you've felt lonely most of your life because of your prune-face, sour disposition and lack of any semblence of femininity, excepting that stupid lace thingy you wear under your neck. What's that all about?

    And now that finally there are two more females to accompany you, it can't be much comfort to note that they are both nearly as manly as those terribly big men who populate the bench.

    Life just ain't fair, is it Ruthy? Maybe it's time to take 'early' retirement.

  4. Cd says:

    God Help us! Amen to Mort K!

  5. Rifraffe says:

    Wasn't it Rush Limbaugh who suggested the Army maintain several all female fighting brigades? The reasoning is that at any one time you could send into battle a fierce band of fighting chicks who were all at the same unpleasant week in their monthly cycle. Apparently, women who live or work in close proximity tend to hormonally align in their periodic feminine ordeal. That being said,(aas delicately as I can) can you imagine the calendar jockeying that would go on behind the scenes of an all female supreme court! No male lawyer would want to take a chance bringing his case before nine seriously cantankerous women judges. The other three weeks of the month would be a relative breeze!

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