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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Women Are 'Here To Stay' On The Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stands in her chambers following an interview in Washington
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stands in her chambers following an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Ginsburg, 80, the oldest member of the Supreme Court and appointed to the court in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton, has said on several occasions that she wants to match the longevity of Justice Louis Brandeis, who was 82 when he stepped down in 1939. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said again and again that she doesn't plan to retire any time soon. But when that fateful day comes, Ginsburg is sure of one thing: women have made known that they're "here to stay."

Ginsburg told Elle magazine's Jessica Weisberg Tuesday that having three women justices makes an "enormous difference," sending Americans an important message.

"When Sandra [Day O'Connor] left, I was all alone. ... Now [Elena] Kagan is on my left, and [Sonia] Sotomayor is on my right. So we look like we’re really part of the court and we’re here to stay," Ginsburg said.

O'Connor took her seat in 1981, and served alongside Ginsburg from when the latter took her seat in 1993 through January of 2006. Ginsburg was the lone female justice until Sotomayor took her seat in August of 2009. Kagan joined a year later.

Ginsburg lauded Sotomayor and Kagan for their contributions to the court.

"Both of them are very active in oral arguments. They’re not shrinking violets," Ginsburg said. "It’s very good for the schoolchildren who parade in and out of the court to see."

Read the full interview here.

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