LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told cadets at the Virginia Military Institute that she knew a 1996 opinion she wrote opening the school to women "would make VMI a better place."
Ginsburg's visit Wednesday was her first to the state-supported school since the decision more than 20 years ago. Since the decision, 394 women have graduated from VMI. About 11 percent of VMI's 1,700 students are women.
Asked Wednesday about a prediction that the decision would destroy the venerated Lexington, Virginia, school Ginsburg said to applause that she knew it wouldn't and that she knew the decision "would make VMI a better place."
A sitting Supreme Court justice will be in our area Wednesday morning.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be speaking at Cameron Hall on VMI's campus in Lexington. They're expecting a packed house of almost 4,000 people.
She'll be speaking in a public interview of sorts. Two of her biographers will be asking questions, presumably talking about her career in general.
But she is an outspoken Supreme Court Justice. Last year, she called out then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying he was "a faker." She later said she regretted those remarks.
Her visit also comes the day after President Trump chose his new Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Colonel Stewart MacInnis with VMI made it clear he doesn't know what she will be talking about. He does expect her to talk about her impact on VMI, though. Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion that required the institute to accept women about 20 years ago.
Col. Stewart MacInnis, Virginia Military Institute, said, “She set the tone for what VMI has done for the last 20 years and VMI is a strong difficult place still for cadets to come to.”
Tickets are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an overflow room on campus that can hold a few hundred more people. Doors open at 10 a.m. and her talk will begin at 11:15 a.m.