Ruth Bader Ginsburg Litigating Against Gender Discrimination … and Remembering One Such New York Case
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, of course and intrinsically, a New Yorker.
She was born in Brooklyn on March 15, 1933. Her parents named her Joan Ruth Bader (and “Joan” in time disappeared). She attended public schools in Brooklyn, graduating from James Madison High School in 1950.
Ruth Bader then became a New York State “upstater.” She attended Cornell University, where she majored in government and took courses taught by a star professor in the government department, Dr. Robert E. Cushman. Deeply impressed by Cushman’s teaching of civil liberties during that era of Cold War “McCarthyism,” Ruth became one of his research assistants, tracking “blacklists” in the entertainment industry. Cushman’s work showed her how lawyers defend people’s rights and liberties and he strongly influenced her decision to become a lawyer.