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Ginsburg on the art of persuasion

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her job has required her to master the art of persuasion.

“None of us operating in that setting can hope to prevail if we try to be King or Queen. You have to accommodate to the views of other people,” Ginsburg said that a Yale University event Friday, according to the West Hartford News.

Ginsburg said she learned the skill as a litigator, taking on laws that promoted gender inequality. “The major problem that gender equality advocates faced in the ’70s was that the laws differentiating between men and women did so for a benign purpose – to protect women,” Ginsburg said, according to the report. “We had to show the court how these classifications are harmful to everyone. To men, to women and to children.”

Her favorite method of achieving that goal: evoking daughters. ‘‘I would try to get men to think not so much about what good husbands or fathers they had been but how do they want the world to be for their daughters,” she said, according to the AP.

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