Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, was one of the most influential lawyers and jurists in our nation’s history.
Born in 1933 in Brooklyn to Jewish parents, Ginsburg graduated high school at 15, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and a few years later enrolled in Harvard Law School, where the dean asked the handful of women students, “Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?”
After her beloved husband, Martin, took a job in New York City, she transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated in 1959 tied for first in her class. But even exceptional women had few opportunities for traditional legal employment in those days, and Ginsburg had difficulty finding a job.
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