A few years before her death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg reviewed a portfolio of what would become $3.5 million in grants made in her honor by the Genesis Prize, which celebrates Jewish talent and achievement. Coming upon a proposal to study the gender gap in Jewish nonprofit leadership, she shook her head.

Ginsburg was dismayed that Jewish groups still wrestled with how to put more women into top posts, according to Jill Smith, a Genesis Prize executive who was with Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers during that review. Smith recalls: “Her attitude was almost: ‘We’re still doing this?’”


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