About the Authors


Photo Credit: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in June 1993 and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she served on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for thirteen years. She was a law professor before that, teaching at Columbia University School of Law (1972-1980) and at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (1963-1972).  In 1972, then-Professor Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Throughout the 1970s she litigated a series of cases solidifying a constitutional principle against gender-based discrimination.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. (J.D.) from Columbia Law School. After law school she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.  She then served as a research associate and associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure.  She holds honorary degrees from over thirty universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Lund University (Sweden).    Justice Ginsburg’s late husband, Martin D. Ginsburg, was a professor of tax law at Georgetown University Law Center; her daughter, Jane C. Ginsburg, is a professor of literary and artistic property law at Columbia Law School; and her son, James S. Ginsburg, is a producer of classical recordings.


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Mary Hartnett has been at Georgetown Law since 1998, first as Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and now as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Advisory Board Member of WLPPFP. She has also served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, as a Visiting Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia), and as Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee on the Rights of Women.  Prior to 1998, she was of counsel to the international law firm Coudert Brothers, represented low-income clients in federal court through her service on the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District Court, D.C., and counseled victims of domestic violence. She is a recipient of the ABA's Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law, and the Grinnell College Alumni Award.  She attended New York University School of Law for her first year as a Root-Tilden scholar, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude.


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 Wendy W. Williams, Professor Emerita, Georgetown University Law Center, is best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family.  She is co-author of a 1996 casebook on gender and law and a 2016 book on gender in American legal history.  She helped draft and testified before Congressional committees on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1976, she was a law clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Raymond Peters, a Reginald Heber Smith Poverty Law Fellow, and a founder of Equal Rights Advocates, a public interest law firm in San Francisco. She received her A.B. and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is a past-president of the Society of American Law Teachers and served as Associate Dean of Georgetown’s Law Center from 1989-93.  A co-founder of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship program, she has been a member of its board since 1993.