There& a reason Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) was known as the Notorious R.B.G.& by her admirers. She was only the second woman to be appointed to serve onthe US SupremeCourt, but she was breaking glass ceilings long before then. In 1956, she joined Harvardlaw school, where she was one of nine women in a 500-person class, before transferring toColumbia Law School in 1959, where she graduated first in her class. The 60s werent quite ready for her though: her exceptional academic record was not enough to shield her from gender-based discrimination in the workplace. She faced great difficulty in finding a job, and even had to hide her pregnancy with loose clothing from colleagues. At the time, only a very small percentage of lawyers in the United States were women, and only two women had ever served as federal judges.