Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened up about being sexually harassed by her college professor
The #MeToo movement shined a glaring, necessary light on the fact that women across all industries face sexual harassment and assault on a daily basis. And now, gender equality warrior and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has opened up about one of her own experiences. She shared her story with NPR’s Nina Totenberg during a January 21st interview at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is although, we didn’t have a name for it,” Ginsburg said after confirming she dealt with sexual harassment in her past. “The attitude to sexual harassment was simply, ‘Get past it. Boys will be boys.'”
Ginsburg then went on to share a story from her college days at Cornell University. She was taking a chemistry course and confided in her male professor that she was not yet comfortable with some of the material. He offered to give her a practice test to help her study for the upcoming exam.
When Ginsburg was a college student in the ’50s, there was almost nothing women could do to fight back against sexual harassment. There were no rules and no resources to help victims. But even so, Ginsburg stood up to her professor.
You can watch the full conversation between Totenberg and Ginsburg below. The discussion about sexual harassment begins around 36 minutes.
You can learn more about Ginsburg’s tremendous work with the gender equality movement in the new documentary RBG, which just premiered at Sundance over the weekend.