RBGStreaming Video - 2018
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One of the world's greatest jurists, Judge Learned Hand (Billings Learned Hand 1872 – 1961) said, "That the spirit of liberty that imbues our Constitution must lie first and foremost in the hearts of the men and women who compose this great nation... a community where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest."
I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks. (quoting Sarah Grimké)
When I went to college... there was a big Red Scare in our country. Some people in our Congress saw a Communist in every closet and in every corner.
But it impressed me, that there were lawyers reminding our Congress that we have freedom of speech and of the press. So I thought that that was a pretty good thing to do... to help keep our country in tune with its most basic values.
Day two of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmation hearings...
Judge Ginsburg did something no recent High Court nominee has done, spoke at length about her support for abortion rights.
It is essential to women's equality with man... that her choice... that she be
the decision maker. This is something central to a woman's... life, to her dignity. And when Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult... human responsible for... her own choices...
Orrin Hatch: I disagree with you on a number of things, and I am sure you disagree with me. But that isn't the issue, is it? And frankly, I admire you. You've earned the right, in my opinion, to be on the Supreme Court.
She was confirmed 96-3.
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
There were not hundreds but thousands of state and federal laws all over this country that discriminated on the basis of gender. Typical laws of the time like, "The husband is the master of the community. He shall choose where the family will live and the woman is obliged to follow him." There's no aspect of American life in which you were not treated differently. The idea was that... men were the breadwinners that counted and women were... pin money earners. So women woke up and complained.
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