August 21, 2018 Article

Higher, but Unbroken: The Glass Ceiling at the Top of the Legal Profession

By Angela A. Turiano

“I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” This quote commences RBG, the fantastic documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—an inspirational woman and gifted lawyer who helped transform the landscape of women’s rights. RBG artfully recounts Justice Ginsburg's professional history, both before and after her Supreme Court nomination in 1993, including her multiple arguments before the Court championing women's rights and equality. As aptly stated by her former classmate and esteemed legal scholar Professor Arthur Miller, Justice Ginsburg chose cases in a manner that established anti-discrimination law “like knitting a sweater.” Further to her credit, she “knitted this sweater” in the 1970s, when she not only had the proverbial male foot on her neck but also shackles binding her hands and feet.

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