Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Vision Fulfilled on Supreme Court

Oct 8, 2010 2:00pm

ABC News' Ariane de Vogue reports: School children, filing in to visit the majestic chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States, may look up and see the mahagony bench, the 24 marble columns and the floor length burgundy curtains.

The one thing they will no longer see is a court dominated by men.

For those unable to visit Washington, the Court released on Friday a new "class photo" of the Justices which reflects, for the first time in history, three women Justices.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most senior of those Justices, spent her career before taking the bench advocating for gender equality. After the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006 Ginsburg said repeatedly she thought the Court should have more women.

In February 2009, 10 days after surgery for cancer, she appeared at President Barack Obama's first address to Congress. She told USA Today's Joan Biskupic she went because "I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn't all male."

But since then Barack Obama has appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan.  Justice Ginsburg has not been shy to express her delight that the court would better reflect America itself.

 She told the Washington Post's Robert Barnes, "When the schoolchildren file in and out of the court and they look up and they see three women, then that will seem natural and proper — just how it is."

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