Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her Own Experience with Sexual Harassment

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at Sundance's Cinema Cafe prior to being interviewed by NPR's Nina Totenberg in connection with the documentary

Sunday's wide-ranging conversation in an informal café setting in Park City, Utah, preceded the Sundance premiere of a new documentary film about Ginsburg's life, "RBG", co-produced by CNN.

Clutching a microphone between both hands, Ginsburg told NPR legal correspondent and longtime friend Nina Totenberg, who was leading the discussion, about an incident that allegedly occurred when she was a law student at Cornell University in the early 1950s.

Ginsburg's experiences with discrimination and harassment play into her own views on #MeToo, which she says is "about time" happened. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing they could do about it.

"Every woman of my vintage knows about sexual harassment, but we didn't have a name for it".

Ginsburg recalled that it happened with a teacher who offered to give her a practical exam, which turned out to be the real exam.

As a protest, she added, she deliberately made two mistakes on the exam. "The next day, the test is the practice exam, and I knew exactly what he wanted in return", the Justice revealed. She called it "just one of many examples" that women her age experienced while building a career. Ginsburg particularly enjoys her character's catchphrase: "You just got Gins-burned".

Yet Ginsburg, who became a nationally prominent women's rights lawyer before her Supreme Court appointment 25 years ago, did not brush off that episode.

Another story the 84-year-old shared involved her being viewed unfairly by a male judge who was hesitant to hire her as a law clerk because she was a woman with a child.

"The first time I heard then-Professor Scalia speak, I disagreed with a good deal of what he said, but I was captivated with the way he said it. ..." Scalia died in 2016, and Ginsburg said she loved him for "his sense of humor". Memes of Ginsburg have gone viral, clothes featuring her face have proved popular and parents have dressed up their babies as her for Halloween.

At one point in the film, West and Cohen sit Ginsburg down to watch clips of McKinnon, so she can judge her impression. When asked how much longer she'll stay on the job, she assured the audience, "as long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here".

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