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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 'major legacy' is gender equality under the law: author Linda Hirshman

Sisters in Law' author Linda Hirshman discusses how a major part of the legacy of former SCOTUS justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg deals with gender equality under law.

Video Transcript

LINDA HIRSHMAN: I think her legacy stems from-- sort of unexpectedly since she was so famous as a justice. But I think her legacy stems from her years at the ACLU between 1970 and 1980. When she basically flipped the 14th amendment and got the Supreme Court to say that the 14th amendment applied to sex discrimination. 10 years before she started her crusade in 1971, the Supreme Court had ruled the exact opposite. They had said that the 14th amendment explicitly does not apply to women, to sex discrimination. So to achieve that kind of change only 10 years after the prior precedent was laid down was amazing. And I think that's her major legacy.