Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left, and Gloria Steinem in Justice Ginsburg’s chambers in the Supreme Court. (photo: Hilary Swift/NYT)
Philip Galanes | The New York Times | Reader Supported News | November 15, 2015
The two longtime friends discuss everything from rap names to the moments that spurred them to action.
he room went still when the women hugged. All of the staff, bustling in preparation just moments before, paused when Ruth Bader Ginsburg emerged quietly from her private chambers at the Supreme Court last month and embraced her old friend Gloria Steinem.
And just as quickly, life resumed. Justice Ginsburg, 82, led Ms. Steinem, 81, into her wood-paneled chambers, with its stately traditional furniture and blue-chip modern art by Mark Rothko and Josef Albers (on loan from the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden). “What a magical place, Ruth,” Ms. Steinem said.
Justice Ginsburg gestured to an immaculately set table in the corner, tucked beside shelves of mementos and personal photographs — including one of the two women together. She offered tea, cookies and chocolates she had brought back from a recent trip to Zurich.