“She walked onstage to the sounds of The Notorious B.I.G.’s eponymous song blasting from the speakers. Hardly the introduction you’d expect for a Supreme Court justice—unless, of course, it’s Associate Justice-slash-pop-culture-icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
At a recent appearance at Columbia University’s “She Opened the Door”women’s conference, Ginsburg’s entrance to a rap soundtrack was accompanied by a standing ovation. I was sitting all the way in the back of the large room, peering over hundreds of heads (and nearly as many smartphone cameras as attendees clamored to capture the moment), at the 84-year-old legend.
Ginsburg may identify as a “flaming feminist litigator,” as CNN anchor Poppy Harlow reminded the audience in her introduction. She may have gained unprecedented status for a judge as a pop star for the liberal crowd, exemplified by the nickname “The Notorious RBG” (hence the song). And she may have gotten into hot water in the past when, to some observers, she got too political.
But her final point in the conversation with Harlow can serve as a reminder to all of us that no matter how much your views differ or how vehemently you disagree with your co-workers—no matter how important the issues and how high the stakes—you can still be friendly and maintain a harmonious work environment.”
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