ruth bader ginsburgThe second female justice to ever sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court made some comments on Tuesday that should prickle the hairs of every female that’s ever fought for equality among the genders.

During a 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference in Boulder, CO, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:

Now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay ... and when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough and I say when there are nine, people are shocked.

She also said that she felt “lonely” after her colleague Sandra Day O’Connor retired, leaving her the lone lady on the high court. Hate to tell you this, sister, but leaders are often lonely, and you were and are a leader for professional gender equality.

I wonder if Ginsburg would have said the same thing about filling every position with a woman if Condoleezza Rice or Liz Cheney were up for a seat? For some reason, I have a feeling that she would eat her words and support Eric Holder over those two fine female attorneys.

What is the deal with this strange desire for a post-male society? A person isn’t a misogynist by virtue of being a man. The goal of feminism wasn’t a post-male society; it was equality in the workforce and in our culture.

Equal recognition for the accomplishments of ladies in the workplace does not mean that men should be driven out as reparation for past grievances. There used to only be men on the bench because men were the ones that went to law school and were able to gain enough acclaim in their legal careers to be considered for the job.

That’s changed -- and it’s wonderful. No reasonable person these days would dream of telling a little girl she couldn’t be a lawyer or a judge someday. There are many, many capable people in the legal profession, and it is cool to see females serving in roles once reserved exclusively for men.

By no means does that mean we should swing the other way. Discrimination based on sex is unfair and unethical -- no matter which gender is getting the short end of the stick.

What do you think about Ginsburg’s comments?


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