This video of Ruth Bader Ginsburg talking about feminism is even better than you hoped

  • RBG on the sheer staggering dumbness of overt sexism: “In the U.S. Attorney’s office, women were strictly forbidden in the criminal division. There was one woman in the civil division. And the excuse for not hiring women in the criminal division was ‘they have to deal with all these tough types and women aren’t up to that.’ And I was amazed! I said, 'have you seen the lawyers from Legal Aid who are representing these tough types? They are women!’”
  • RBG on how we’ll know when there are enough women on the Supreme Court: “When there are nine!”


Watch the video here - it’s only 1:50 mins!

Welcome back to classes, MIT!

For Registration Day, students and other community members posed as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a.k.a. Notorious R.B.G., to celebrate MIT Women’s and Gender Studies.

Photos: Marol Escajeda and Chantal Acacio/The Technique (top), Maia Weinstock/MIT (bottom)

Gloria Allred (b. 1941) is a civil rights lawyer who gained significant notoriety by taking high-profile cases, and being especially involved in the protection of women’s rights. The firm Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, of which she is a founding partner, has handled more women’s rights cases than any other law firm in the United States, and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for the victims of such cases.

AM&G is famous for representing countless victims of sexual harassment, discrimination, rape, or abuse. Ms. Allred is also the founder and President of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund. She received many awards in recognition of her work, such as the Victoria Woodhull Award from the Veteran Feminists of America.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Won’t Be Happy Until There are 9 Women on the Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg spoke of the challenges she faced when she was new to the legal profession: “In the ancient days when I was going to college, the law was not a welcoming profession for women. In those days in the southern districts, most judges wouldn’t hire women.”

Emily Murphy (1868-1933) was a Canadian jurist and activist who in 1916 became the first female magistrate not only in her native country, but in the whole British Empire. She had significant contributions to the women’s movement in Canada, most notably winning a case that allowed women to be considered ‘persons’ under Canadian law.

She was motivated to change the legal status of women in her country after witnessing a number of injustices, and pressured the Alberta government to assure property rights for married women, rights of which they had been previously deprived. The famous ‘Persons Case’ of 1929 meant that women could thereafter serve in the Senate.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Giving Up Her Fight for Women’s Rights

The Supreme Court justice’s biggest battle begins with the male majority sitting next to her

“For much of the last half-century, Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the drive for women’s rights. These days, she spends lots of time on defense.

In disputes over equal pay, birth control and abortion access, the 81-year-old U.S. Supreme Court justice is battling a Republican-appointed majority she has accused of undercutting the ability of women to participate equally in the economy.

Her increasingly pointed dissents — she called a 2007 ruling upholding a ban on some abortions “alarming” and said a 2014 decision limiting contraceptive coverage had “startling breadth” — have made her a symbol for her cause, venerated by fans with songs,T-shirts and tattoos.

And while those arguments might not have won over her male colleagues, Ginsburg says she isn’t giving up.

“I was a law school teacher,” she said during an interview in an oak-paneled conference room at the court, surrounded by portraits of the first eight chief justices. “And that’s how I regard my role here with my colleagues, who haven’t had the experience of growing up female and don’t fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women’s way.”

This is an EXCELLENT and in-depth piece. Notorious R.B.G. fans, read more here!

Find it in yourself to be a leader at least once a day - not from being bossy, but from having the confidence and empathy to know the high road and to demonstrate that path.

It will get better - in a day, year, or with a new friend. Don’t be afraid to cry and show true vulnerability. I think the strongest women are those that have no shame in pain and struggle. If you’re struggling, you’re probably a badass.

—  Advice to aspiring badasses from prosecutor Fayette Mong
Nigerian Man Who Fled Boko Haram Beaten To Death In Italy Defending His Wife
A Nigerian man who had recently fled to Europe to escape Boko Haram militants was beaten to death on the streets of Italy this week as he tried to defend his wife against racist abuse. Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, 36, and his wife Chimiary, 24, were walking through the north-central Italian town of Fermo on Tuesday when a man called Chimiary a “monkey” and tried to grab her, according to local priest Vinicio Albanesi, a friend of the couple.Namdi intervened, and the resulting fight left him in a coma. He was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Utterly sad story


Natalie Portman Just Signed On to Play Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“According to Deadline, Natalie Portman has signed on to play the beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in upcoming film The Basis of Sex. Marielle Heller, who directed The Diary of a Teenage Girl, is reportedly in negotiations to direct the film.

The Basis of Sex is a biopic about Justice Ginsburg that follows her numerous obstacles and victories in her fight to advance equal rights during her career. The script by Daniel Stiepleman made its way last year onto the Black List, the Hollywood-insider list of film industry folks’ favorite unproduced scripts that they think should be snapped up. As Emily Hashimoto reported in her article Back in Black, the Black List scripts often focus on narratives that the film industry overlooks—like stories that center on complicated women.  

The Basis of Sex isn’t set to roll yet, but Focus Features is in talks to finance the film. Having Natalie Portman on board will certainly help the film’s chances. Fingers crossed! This sounds like a film I’d love to see hit mainstream theaters.”

Read the full piece here


12 Women Who Had the Perfect Responses to Sexist Questions

“As the unofficial Queen of the Universe, Amal Clooney has the power to do what she wants — from putting war criminals behind bars (no biggie) to giving award-show pageantry the side eye it deserves.

In January, Clooney continued her reign of IDGAF-style badassery during an appearance in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, where she was representing Armenia. When a reporter asked the celebrated barrister not about the case but rather about what she was wearing, she had the perfect response: "I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft.”

You know, legal dress robes — like any other lawyer.

Her sharp comeback speaks volumes about the way women are treated by the media. The good news is that Clooney isn’t alone in not taking these kind of questions seriously. More and more women are rolling their eyes at pesky reporters who overlook their accomplishments in favor of their appearance — and it’s about time. Here are a few examples of ladies giving the best answers to the worst questions.“  

This is a well-curated collection of responses - nicely done! See the full list here


 “There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory […]

“Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

— Elizabeth Warren, J.D.