Justice Ginsburg to female judges: “Dare to disagree”

PhotobucketIt’s no secret that Feministing folks have a bit of a girl crush on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Justice and the first Jewish woman to serve on the court.

In addition to being a remarkable public advocate for women’s rights, she’s been known to speak out against attacks on women’s health, and even publicly maintained a supportive and equal partnership in her marriage to her late husband.

This week, she can be found encouraging a roomful of her female colleagues in justice to speak up as well, with this simple message: “dare to disagree.”

The Star Ledger reports that Ginsberg delivered her signature poise and passion during her keynote address to the National Association of Women Judges conference in Newark this weekend.

“On rare occasions, a dissent turns the court and becomes the opinion of the court…I will continue to speak out in dissent when important matters are at stake,” she reportedly pledged.

It seems she practices what she preaches, as she has often sided with the dissenting opinion, including in a crucial federal abortion ban case and in the now infamous Lilly Ledbetter case which drastically undermined protections against wage discrimination until the Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law in 2009.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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