MAKING HISTORY: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Women's Rights Project
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Today we spotlight the formation of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project co-founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
After graduating at the top of her Columbia Law class and not receiving one job offer, Ginsburg made certain that she would change the future for the next generation of women. She co-founded and became chief litigator of the Women's Rights Project that sought to protect the rights given to women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s Title VII but too often went unenforced. Ginsburg briefed and argued several landmark women's rights cases in front of an all male Supreme Court...and won!
In 1993, President Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the United States Supreme Court. She would become the second woman on the bench, joining Sandra Day O' Connor. To date, four women have served on the highest court in the United States.
In Ginsburg's own words:
"We are all over the bench, and we are certainly here to stay."