An In-Depth Look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg and American Women in Environmental History

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, the Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) looks at the intriguing lives and compelling work of various American women in history, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

CCM Adjunct Professor Deborah Hoeflinger, from the History & Political Science department, walks participants through the life of the legendary Ginsburg on Thursday, March 3, from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. via Zoom.  

Ginsburg, a lawyer, and professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School was the first Jewish woman and only the second woman to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsberg, who served on the Supreme Court from 1993 until she died in 2020, penned many notable majority opinions and became dubbed “The Notorious RBG,” propelling her to celebrity status. 

Hoeflinger earned her B.A. and two M.A.s from Montclair State University. She taught social studies and law for many years at Butler High School. She has been a judge for National History Day, a presenter at the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford, England, a grant reviewer for the Department of Education, and a reader for the Advanced Placement Exams. She has been an adjunct professor at CCM for 10 years.

On Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. via Zoom, Dr. Nancy C. Unger, professor of history at Santa Clara University, provides an overview of the role gender plays in history. She’s using a richly illustrated presentation based upon her book, “Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History,” a California Book Award Finalist, and encourages Q&A discussion.

Unger is also the author of the prize-winning biographies “Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer and “Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer.” She is co-editor of “A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” and publisher of dozens of scholarly essays and articles. Her multi-media appearances include, C-SPAN, NPR, and PBS.

Women have always played a unique role in the shaping of the American environment,” said Dr. Michelle Iden, professor in the History & Political Science department and co-director of the Legacy Project. “Their stories feature vibrant characters and shine a light on an underappreciated, often inspiring, and always complex history.” 

This Women’s History Month event is co-sponsored by The Legacy Project’s Commemoration Committee and The Office of Special Events at CCM. Each of the free events is held via Zoom. Email for the link and call 973-328-5469 for additional information. 

The Legacy Project is an interdisciplinary initiative that presents engaging lectures for students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. It is guided by a 35-member advisory committee consisting of faculty and staff at CCM.