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Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants to see 9 women on the Supreme Court

"For most of the country's history, there were nine and they were all men. Nobody thought that was strange"

Katie McDonough
October 20, 2014 8:42PM (UTC)

This weekend, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down for an interview with National Public Radio legal correspondent Nina Totenberg to talk about all kinds of amazing things. You might have already read that Ginsburg has such an overflow of Notorious RBG T-Shirts that she's taken to giving them away as presents, but you may have missed one of the more provocative exchanges of the evening.

Ginsburg has been candid in the past about her experience as a woman on the nation's highest court. In conversation with Totenberg on Sunday, Ginsburg said that it was "lonely" after Sandra Day O'Connor retired and that she didn't like being the only woman on the bench. Asked why that is, Ginsburg replied, "No one wants to be a one-at-a-time curiosity, and that's what I was. I was the only one. It wasn't the way the court should be at this time in our history."


Following up, Ginsburg said that she is often asked how many women on the Supreme Court would be "enough."

Her answer? "When there are nine."

"For most of the country's history, there were nine and they were all men. Nobody thought that was strange," she explained.

Misandry on the court! Misandry on the court!

Do yourself a favor and watch the full interview here.

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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