The Incredibly Emotional and Inspiring Life Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She Was First In Her Class

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Ginsburg transferred from Harvard to Columbia and ended up graduating at the top of her class. But, at that point, very few law firms were even opening their doors to women, and despite glowing reviews from her peers and professors, none of them were able to land her a clerkship with a federal judge.

She had to get her foot in the door with a lower district judge and only after one of RBG’s mentors threatened to stop sending clerks his way if he turned her down.