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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discusses “Secret” To Marriage, Praising Brett Kavanaugh

RBG Says Kavanaugh Leads A Good Example Of A Healthy Marriage Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever nominated to the Supreme Court and known to admirers as the...

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RBG Says Kavanaugh Leads A Good Example Of A Healthy Marriage

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever nominated to the Supreme Court and known to admirers as the “Notorious RBG,” surprised participants at a Georgetown Law School forum by praising conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ginsburg, who is 86 years old, is known for her progressive stance on legal issues. But she gave credit to Kavanaugh for hiring an all-female staff. As a result, there are more female than male law clerks in the Supreme Court for the first time in history.

“There is a very important first on the Supreme Court this term and it’s thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh,” Gisburg said.

Ginsburg reflected on her time as a law student in the 1950s, when women faced widespread legal and social barriers to equality with men. When she became a judge in the 1970s, she helped overturn many laws that discriminated against women.

“I should say what we were doing in the 70s — we were getting rid of all of the over-explicit gender-based classification,” Ginsburg said. “There was nothing subtle about it. It was women can’t do this, women can’t do that.”

Ginsburg said that while “explicit barriers” to women’s equality are mostly gone, the battle is far from over. She said women still face “unconscious bias.”

Ginsburg also discussed her husband, Marty, who died last year. She said one of her secrets to a long, happy marriage was splitting the domestic work evenly, even though they married at a time when women were expected to do most of the housework.

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