Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Social Security

Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. Clinton 1993)


Worked at Social Security office and bent the rules

The U. S. Army had plans for Marty, who had been in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in college. They were headed to Oklahoma for two years to live at the Fort Sill base. RBG took the civil service exam to work for the federal government at the Social Security office.

Seeing the unfairness of petty bureaucracy and how it fell harder on some people's shoulders than others, RBG began bending the rules, just a little. Week after week, she saw the same weathered faces coming in to try to register for Social Security, only to be sent back to look for the right papers. These visitors had no birth certificates, because when Native Americans had been born, no one official thought their births were worth recording. RBG silently decided that if someone looked sixty-five, a hunting or fishing license would do.

Source: Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik, p. 32-3 , Jun 1, 1954

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