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02.20.1412:56 PM ET

Female Journos Can't Complain

Times have changed, according to NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

When Nina Totenberg started her career as a journalist, not only were there no women reporting on the Supreme Court, there were no women sitting on the bench, period. In an insightful new interview, NPR’s longtime legal affairs correspondent recalls being slighted by her male counterparts, though she sometimes got extra scoops because men forgot she was listening. Today, she says, women in journalism have cracked the egg and glass ceiling. "Ten years ago, women were reporters and editors but not executive editors and not network chieftains, so to speak. But that’s not true anymore. I think that, really, for all practical purposes, [female journalists] can’t complain. Women have no basis for complaint." As for why having women on the bench matters, Totenberg says, "If you’ve experienced being discriminated against or not taken seriously or shut out of a discussion — and all women have experienced that, including today — it does change your appreciation for a situation." Then she also drops some entertaining facts about the Supreme Court justices. We always thought Ruth Bader Ginsburg was “a force to be reckoned with” but who knew the “charming and engaging” Antonin Scalia was “the kind of person you want to sit next to at dinner”?

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