Justice Ginsburg: We Need An All-Female Supreme Court

November 26, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (AP Photo/Jessica Hil

(CNSNews.com) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female.

“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said.

Ginsburg made the remark at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference that was held at the University of Colorado in Boulder in October.

University of Colorado Law School Dean Phil Weiser asked her: “When you joined the court, Sandra Day O’Connor had been the only woman for some time and you became two. After she left, you went back to having only a single woman, and now there are three. Could you reflect some on the dynamics of the court in terms of what it means to have a woman or more than one woman?” Weiser asked.

Ginsburg explained that she returned to the bench three weeks after having pancreatic cancer surgery, which was nothing compared to Justice O’Connor, who was on the bench “nine days after breast cancer surgery.” (O'Connor retired in 2006.)

Ginsburg went on to discuss the other two women now serving on the court -- Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor -- and also said, "So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that."