'Her legacy inspired so many females in the field': Rutgers students remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Students at Rutgers University Law School say the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's presence is felt on their campus.

News 12 Staff

Sep 19, 2020, 9:55 PM

Updated 1,404 days ago

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Students at Rutgers University Law School say the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's presence is felt on their campus.
She was the longest woman to ever serve as a Supreme Court justice. In the early stages of her career, she taught law students at Rutgers' Newark campus.
"This is where she really developed a deep interest in gender equality," says David Lopez, co-dean of Rutgers University Law School.
Rutgers law student Nina Rodriguez says, "I know I want to be a litigator. I want to be in court, I want to be fighting cases, I want to be in front of a judge. Definitely R.B.G. was a big inspiration."
Ginsburg instilled core values her students, reminding them to never take no as an answer.
"You could have it all as she would say," says Rutgers alumni Marilyn Ford. "You could be a wife, you could be a mother, you could be a professional. You could have it all, don't let anyone tell you that you have to pick and choose."
Rodriguez adds, "I'm so proud myself to be a student at Rutgers Law School, because I know somebody who is so incredible was such a big part of our school and our school's history, and just her legacy inspired so many females in the field. I'm really proud."
Many students and staff tell News 12 that Ginsburg's legacy will live on and the lessons she taught will never be forgotten.
"Right now, our law school is 51% female, and so all of that attributes to the fights that Justice Ginsburg led as a lawyer with the women's rights project," Lopez says.
Ford says, "Not only I, as a Black woman, have benefited, but humanity has benefited and she opened doors, and I was one of them who was fortunate to get through those doors."


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