Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Women's role in society still evolving

Women's role in society still evolving

One of my childhood memories is of the red truck belonging to my grandfather, a farmer. Clearly stenciled on its side were the words: “Jack Agress & Sons.” Even though one son, my dad, taught school, and the other son, my uncle, sold cars, that was the way things were during the first half of the 20th century. Father and Sons.

Actually, my grandfather’s real partner was my grandmother, who milked the cows, fed the chickens and collected the eggs, then sold them, along with milk and cream and cheese, as well as vegetables, from their huge garden.

Back then hardly anyone thought of a woman as a bona fide business partner. Nor did fathers take daughters into...