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A Lesser Known Figure In RBG’s Origin Story: President Jimmy Carter




Former US President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Former US President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Although Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton, there’s another President who played a role in her origin story: Jimmy Carter.

President Carter appointed RBG to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit though she wasn’t a prosecutor for a big law firm at the time. Professor Michele Goodwin of UCI argues that Carter’s appointments of women into the federal court system was an important move which positioned women into the judiciary system’s pipeline. We discuss that history and also talk about the Democrats and Republican’s court appointment strategies since.

With guest host Kyle Stokes. 

Guest: 

Michele Goodwin, chancellor’s professor of law and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine and author of multiple books, her latest is “Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood” (Cambridge, February 2020)  she tweets @michelebgoodwin​