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Ruth Bader Ginsburg had her own #MeToo moment

By Hannah Yi
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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime feminist icon, recounted her own experience with sexual harassment at the Sundance Film Festival last week. The 84-year-old said that when she was a young woman “the attitude to sexual harassment was simply: Get past it. Boys will be boys.”

Ginsburg also recalled how revelatory it was to read Catharine MacKinnon’s 1979 book Sexual Harassment of Working Women, and realizing how the anti-discrimination law Title VII could be used to stop sexual harassment.

Ginsburg was at the film festival because of a new documentary about her life. Watch our video to hear her thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

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