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Zonta Club celebrates ‘superhero’ Ruth Bader Ginsberg

June 8, 2018
By MIRIAM HADDEN - Zonta Club of the Adirondacks , Lake Placid News

On Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m., Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, together with the Adirondack Film Society, will present a one-night-only showing of the new documentary "RBG" about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the LPCA.

Justice Ginsberg - also known as "Notorious RBG" - has been likened to a modern day "superhero" for her pioneering work for gender equality, and is one of the few women to truly "shatter the glass ceiling." She is the second woman, and one of only four, to ever sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. When appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, the legislature confirmed her by a vote of 96 to 3, which seems miraculous compared the more recent, hard fought appointments.

Ginsberg achieved her success without privilege, quite the contrary. Her parents were not college educated, and her father did not even attend high school. Nonetheless, she went to Cornell for college, and went on to attend both Harvard and Columbia law schools. At Harvard Law School, she was one of only nine female students in a class of 500 and there were no female law professors. There was a single women's restroom between the two classroom buildings at the school.

"We never complained. That's just the way things were," Ginsberg has remarked of this experience. Despite having finished law school at the top of her class, she had difficulty finding employment as a lawyer upon graduation, as women were unwelcome in the male dominated legal profession at the time.

Fortunately, she learned to complain (quite well) about gender inequality. Before becoming a judge, she was the director of the Women's Right's Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. As both a lawyer for the ACLU and later as a judge, she worked on many landmark cases that carved out protections for women under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. She was instrumental in the Supreme Court's development of legal precedent which courts have since used to strike down laws that promote gender inequality.

Were it not for Ginsberg's life's work, it is quite possible that the women's movement would not have advanced in this country as far as it has.

Justice Ginsberg was once asked to encapsulate what it is to lead a meaningful life.

"Doing something outside yourself," she replied. "If you want to be a true professional, you will do something to repair tears in your community, something to make life a little better, for people less fortunate than you. That's what I think a meaningful life is."

She is often known to shares insightful gems such as this, which are no doubt captured in the film.

Proceeds from the film screening will support the Zonta Club's projects to improve the status of women both locally and internationally. The charitable service organization welcomes new members. To learn more visit www.zontadistrict2.org/adirondacks/.

 
 

 

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