As part of a two-day program with women judges from Latin America and the Caribbean - Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, and the United States - on the afternoon of February 26 the participants and the organizers met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her comments to the group Justice Ginsburg strongly stressed her conviction that diversity on the bench - in this particular case gender diversity - is a must. In fact, Justice Ginsburg indicated that it was President Carter who had the vision to realize that the U.S. courts were lacking in gender diversity and began to systematically open up opportunities to appoint women judges to the judiciary. Justice Ginsburg concluded that she was one of the lucky beneficiaries of President Carter's vision.