Justice Ginsburg supports #MeToo movement and tells of harassment


The 84-year-old feminist icon from Brooklyn, speaking Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, reflected on the burgeoning success of the #MeToo movement, as well as her own brushes with harassment and gender inequality.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

When asked about the #MeToo movement, Ginsburg says "it's about time". "For so long, women were silent".

Ginsburg is the oldest Justice, and conservatives - especially the Christian right activists who with Justice Gorsuch's ascension understand that they are just one more SCOTUS seat away from the votes to radically change US constitutional law - have been eyeing her spot ever since their ally Donald Trump won the presidency.

"He said, 'I'll give you a practice exam.' So he gave me a practice exam", Ginsburg said, according to the Cut.

As a protest, she added, she deliberately made two mistakes on the exam. "I knew exactly what he wanted in return". "That's just one of many examples". SNL had one famous bit after President Donald Trump's inauguration in which McKinnon, as Ginsburg, joked that she now had to "stay alive" to ensure the current administration didn't get anymore justice nominations.

Ginsburg, who worked as a women's rights attorney before being appointed to the nation's high court, said she later went to the professor's office and confronted him, telling him: "How dare you do this?"

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Another festival-goer asked the justice for her thoughts on Redford, the actor-turned-film-purveyor who started the indie-minded festival in 1978.

"And she said to me, 'What are you going to do about it?'" Ginsburg recalled.

Ginsburg attended Sundance to celebrate the debut of the "RBG" documentary about her career.

During the Q&A, Ginsburg also spoke about the sexism she encountered as a young professor at Rutger's Law School. Ginsburg mentioned that she has no plans of leaving the seat anytime soon, noting she is in a very good health to continue her profession.

"I think it's about time".

"I liked the actress who portrayed me (Kate McKinnon) and I would like to say "Gins-burn" sometimes to my colleagues". For her, the movement signals a long-needed change for women.

"The more women are out there doing things, the better off all of us will be for it".