Number of the Day

Nine. The number of female Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks would be "enough." (Nice question, Diane Sawyer. Yeesh.)

[Full transcript below the fold.]

This has been your periodic reminder that Justice Ginsburg totes rules.

[Via egalia.]

[Text onscreen: "The Women's Conference / October 26, 2010. /" Cut to video: Three women are sitting on a stage in front of a banner reading "The Women's Conference 2010," and below a graphic reading "Legendary Architects of Change." The women are, from left to right, ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.]

Ginsburg: It's the first time the public can see we are really there—really there to stay. Not one at a time curiosities. [applause] You know, one important sign is, in the years that I served with Sandra, every term, without fail, one lawyer or another called me Justice O'Connor [O'Connor nods her head in agreement] because they were accustomed to a woman, and that woman was Sandra—and you can see we really don't look alike, do we? [Laughter; O'Connor laughs and shakes her head and makes a funny gesture] Well, last year, not one person called Sonia Sotomayor Justice Ginsburg, and this year, I am confident, that no one will call Justice Kagan either Justice Sotomayor or Justice Ginsburg. [applause]

Sawyer: Landmarks along the way, yeah. So, have you thought—how many women is enough?


O'Connor: What? [laughter]

Ginsberg: How many women—?

Sawyer: How many women would be enough?

Ginsberg: Nine.

[laughter and cheers and applause]

O'Connor: We're not there yet. [Sawyer laughs]

Ginsburg: Well, there've been nine men there for a long, long time, right? So why not nine women?

[cheers and applause]

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