TODAY'S WOMEN: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (USA)
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of 9 female students in her class at Harvard Law School; tied for the top of her class at Columbia Law School; was the first woman to be on two major law reviews; co-founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the US to focus exclusively on women’s rights; became the first tenured woman teaching at Columbia Law School; co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU; became the second ever female US Supreme Court justice as well as the first Jewish woman; and generally made her entire life’s work about strategically dismantling gender inequality and discrimination.


Although she contributed to an astonishing number of relevant cases and statutes that help form the gender equality movement today and the state of things, here is a quick list of just some of the most notable laws that Ruth helped create or pass:


  1. Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on gender or reproductive choices. 
  2. State-funded schools must admit women.
  3. Women have the right to financial independence and equal benefits, including applying for bank accounts, credit cards, and mortgages without a male co-signer.
  4. Men are entitled to the same caregiving and Social Security rights as women. 
  5. Juries must include women. Ruth told USA Today in 2009, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” 
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