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In 1959, Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated first in her class from Columbia Law School.
Thirty-four years later, at her confirmation hearing for the US Supreme Court, Ginsburg remembered the “many indignities” — instances of gender bias — that she’d faced during law school. Ginsburg, who passed away this month, was only one of a few women in her class, and at a dinner with the dean of the law school, they were asked to justify taking the place of a male applicant.
This behavior clearly wouldn’t fly in 2020. Administrators would be ousted; headlines would be made.
But gender discrimination is still part of most women’s daily lives.
In place of the flagrant offenses that Ginsburg and her classmates encountered is something more subtle. Educators, employers, and politicians all too frequently question women’s professional