"Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you”
Ginsburg always worked with diligence and achieved excellence in her studies. She graduated from Cornell University in 1954, first in her class, and a few years later attended Harvard Law School. She then transferred to Columbia Law School where she graduated first in her class. She was not only a dedicated law student but also a loving mother to her children, Jane and James, and a devoted wife to her beloved of husband of 56 years, Martin Ginsburg.
She experienced the injustice of gender discrimination throughout her life. She recounts various events which impacted her career and education. One example was from the Social Security Administration Office in Oklahoma where she received a demotion because she was female. Another example was when she attended Harvard Law School and the Dean invited his female students to dinner at his family’s home where he asked the infamous question, “Why are you at Harvard Law School taking the place of a man?” She was also rejected by Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter for a clerkship position due to her gender.