WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington Wednesday and addressed a series of topics focusing on women in the country’s top legal positions and political positions.
Ginsburg addressed a wide variety of issues including her belief that the Supreme Court should be composed entirely of women and she also lightheartedly noted that if she “had any talent in the world, any talent that God could give me, I would be a great diva.”
Ginsburg explained how a career in law has become drastically more welcome to women through the decades of her own rise to her position on the U.S. Supreme Court bench.
“In the ancient days, when I was going to college, the law wasn’t a welcoming profession for women,” said Ginsburg. “In those days, in the Southern District, most judges wouldn’t hire women. … 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 at legal aid who are representing these tough types? They’re all women.’”
Ginsburg explained how the departure of Sandra Day O’Connor was a lowly time for her on the bench as the lone woman.
“I think the worst time was when I was all alone after Sandra left,” said Ginsburg. “The public perception saw eight men and then there was this little woman, it was an odd scene.”
Ginsburg continued, “My newest colleagues are not shrinking violets. So the public will see that women are all over the bench and are very much a part of the colloquy.”
Ginsburg said the Supreme Court will have enough women when they make up all nine seats on the bench.
“People ask me sometimes, ‘When do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court?’ And my answer is when there are nine.”