I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights.
We were just tremendously fortunate in the U.S. that the men that met in Philadelphia were very wise. … it’s true that they were lacking one thing, that is there were no women as part of the Constitutional Convention, but there were women around who sparked the idea.
The genius of the Constitution, I think, is that it has this notion of who composes ‘We the people.’ It has expanded and expanded over the years so now it includes people who were left out in the beginning."
- One woman I’m glad to have interpreting our Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (x)