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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Speaks Out About the #MeToo Movement

In a new interview promoting her documentary, the Supreme Court justice talks about sexual assault: "every woman of my vintage knows [it]."
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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg status as a cultural icon is not up for debate — and, yes, she’s seen the Kate McKinnon SNL parodies. The “Notorious RBG” has become a hero of sorts with her outspoken candor as a moral and legal torch bearer in the United States, which is why she’s the subject of a new documentary, RBG, that just premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

 

In support of the film, Ginsburg participated in a panel where she offered her thoughts on the #MeToo movement and personal experiences with sexual harassment. “Every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is, though we didn't have a name for it then," she said. Later, she recounted a story from her time attending Cornell University as a student, where a professor gave her an early look at a test. “I knew exactly what he wanted in return.”

 

"The attitude towards sexual harassment was, 'get past it, boys will be boys.' This was not considered anything you could do anything about, that the law could do anything about,” she remarked, noting that now the law is on the side of women or men who encounter harassment, and that's a big thing."

 

In more lighthearted conversation, Ginsburg said she had seen both Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (“a fantastic film”) and Call Me By Your Name (“I have to find out where in Italy it took place”).

 

Watch the entire interview below.

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