Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares #MeToo moment about Cornell instructor

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She told the story to an audience at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, where a documentary about her life called "RBG" had its world premiere.

Ginsburg thinks that it is about time women speak up against their abusers because they have been silent for so long, thinking that there was nothing they could do about their experience.

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court in 1993 when she was 60, is now the oldest Supreme Court justice.

"Every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is, although we didn't have a name for it", said Justice Ginsburg.

Sharing one out of "many examples", Ginsburg said that as a student at Cornell University, her chemistry instructor offered her a "practice exam" before an impending test. "The next day, the test is the practice exam, and I knew exactly what he wanted in return", the Justice revealed.

She is also a supporter of the growing #MeToo movement, which gained traction following sexual assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in October.

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.

"I would like to say "Gins-burn" sometimes to my colleagues", she said.

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Ginsburg, who is 84, added that her health is "very good", according to a video of the interview.

"I deliberately made two mistakes".

Ginsburg is something of a rock star wherever she goes, thanks in part to online memes ("Sleeping at the State of the Union"), Tumblr pages ("Notorious R.B.G.") and, of course, SNL.


And that was just the beginning of her career fighting for women's rights. "How dare you, you -" Ginsburg said. When she began teaching at Rutgers Law School and found out how much of a salary cut she would be taking, she inquired how much a male colleague who had been out of law school the same amount of time was being paid.

It is likely that if Ginsburg stepped down, Trump would appoint a more conservative justice to replace her.

Watch Ginsburg and Totenberg's conversation above, starting around 29:18.

"As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here", she said.