Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered locally, at Harvard

“She was an example to everybody with her indomitable spirit.”

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Law students Annie Whitney, left, and Catherine Walker-Jacks admired a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall in Cambridge on Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE — The time Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent at Harvard Law School during the 1950s presented challenges in and out of the classroom.

The young, married mother was among nine women in a class of about 500, and during her second year, her husband, Martin “Marty” Ginsburg, was diagnosed with cancer. He graduated a year before his wife and the family moved to New York City. Harvard then denied Ginsburg a degree because she completed her legal education elsewhere.

On Saturday, mourners gathered at the site where the young Ginsburg endured those pivotal trials and grieved the jurist, who persevered her way to the US Supreme Court, opening doors of opportunity for women and others at stops along the way.

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