Principles and Persons: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Raconteuse
Kenneth L. Karst
Volume 63, Issue 5, 1197-1212
Before she was appointed to the judiciary, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was often identified as the nation’s foremost legal advocate for women’s claim to equal citizenship. Eventually, some years after she had become Justice Ginsburg, she was assigned to write the opinion for the Supreme Court’s most sweeping decision validating that claim. Throughout her career as lawyer and judge, she has had a number of occasions to tell the stories of her former clients and other women. This Article considers several themes in those references, in particular her persistent efforts to give credit to other women for their courage and their fortitude.