Ruth Bater Ginsburg: a legacy to inspire us all

We wanted to take a moment to remember and reflect on all the work RBG did throughout her life. May her legacy be an inspiration to us all, to fight for equality and help to raise each other up along the way.

Paving the way for women everywhere, Ginsburg fought the status quo, both in her own life, and in the court. At home her husband Marty did the cooking, something she was not particularly talented at, and shared other housework and childcare responsibilities. They broke the societal norms of their traditional roles in the home, and acted much more as equals, devoted to supporting each other.

She attended Harvard Law School in 1956, and was one of only nine women to be accepted that year, to a class of over 500. She finished joint top of her class. In 1972 she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. During this time Ruth argued six gender discrimination cases before the supreme court, winning five. In some cases she choice male plaintiffs as this showed that sex based discrimination was harmful to both men and women.

In 1993 Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court. She would become the second woman confirmed to the bench, and the first jewish woman.

In recent year she has become a cultural icon (rightly so), now found on many an Etsy store with quotes or simply “dissent”, a nod to her many famous dissents whilst on the supreme court. We have only just touched upon a few of the many notable and significant events in the life of Notorious RBG. But if you take anything from her life, may it be a thirst for equality and true justice.

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