Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Ruth Abrams
Supreme Judicial Court Justice

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I learned about gender bias in a sort of subtle way, because my father sent me to the courthouse. The clerks would wait on everybody else, because they thought I was a secretary. And when he sent my brother, they would take him right away. It was interesting.

But even when I was on the SJC [Supreme Judicial Court] - I was here in January '78 and in the week before the blizzard there was a snowstorm. So there were a couple of judges in and some law clerks. So I went across the street to a little shop that's now closed and I gave the lunch orders and the young woman behind the counter looked at me and said, "Isn't that just like men - sending the secretary out for lunch?"


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