Justice Ginsberg Address #MeToo as Her Potential Colleague Judge Kavanaugh Testifies in Hearing

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September 27, 2018Sep 27, 2018

A statement from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might make work awkward if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg issued a statement throwing her weight behind victims of sexual assault in general, reported The Hill.

Ginsburg spoke about the #MeToo movement ahead of the U.S. Senate hearing into sexual misconduct allegations brought against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ginsburg made her statement while speaking to first-year law students at Georgetown University.

According to The Hill, Ginsburg said she was “cheered on” by the #MeToo movement. She described her experience with sexual harassment and the reticence

“Every woman of my vintage has not just one story but many stories, but we thought there was nothing you could do about it - boys will be boys - so just find a way to get out of it,” the 85-year-old said on Wednesday.

Ginsburg commended women who came forward. She celebrated the way it has made other women feel able to come forward.

“So it was one complaint and then one after another the complaints mounted,” Ginsburg continued, according to Reuters. “So women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior.”

Ginsburg did not mention Kavanaugh by name during the event. However, it seems clear where she would stand on the issue.

Some have questioned whether it is appropriate for Ginsburg to address this issue given her place on the Supreme Court. It is certainly a statement that will cause tension if Kavanaugh ends up sitting on the Court. 

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