Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Designated Hitter for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s

Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, by Linda Hirshman

Ms. Hirshman uses sports metaphors to make a point or to summarize as in the following paragraph on page 57:

“Executive Director (ACLU or American Civil Liberties Union) Aryeh Neier often set up special projects addressing issues of paramount importance to him with employees answerable directly to him.  At an earlier time he believed that the black civil rights struggle was the driving force in other struggles of civil rights.  Now he believed women’s rights had taken the lead and he identified Ginsburg as his designated hitter.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the designated hitter for the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU.  A designated hitter bats for the pitcher.  This is so only in the American League.



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