Ginsburg: High Court Not As Rancorous As People Think

Nancy Harty
September 09, 2019 - 9:14 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about gender discrimination, fame and her friendship with the late Antonin Scalia during an hour-long discussion at the University of Chicago Monday.

It was on that very campus where Ginsburg first heard Scalia speak. He was a teacher there.

The liberal judge described her conservative friend as having an infectious sense of humor and she talked about how he would point out grammatical errors in her opinions.

While the media focuses on the divisions, Ginsburg said in her 26 years on the high court the justices have agreed more than disagreed.

The oldest sitting justice says while the U.S. hasn’t reached Nirvana in terms of ending discrimination, she believes the country has come a considerable distance since the days that women were banned from doing things because of their gender.

Known for her dissenting opinions, Ginsburg says one of her favorites is the Lilly Ledbetter case, about pay inequity.

The majority ruled Ledbetter waited too long to sue Goodyear Tire, while Ginsburg argued with every paycheck, the company renewed its gender discrimination. 

Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel sat in the front row of auditorium for the conversation sponsored by the university's School of Public Policy.