RIP ‘Fearless’ Notorious RBG
On Friday, September 25, the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the world wished a forever farewell to our darling Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Supreme Court jurist, also known as RBG, is recognized as one of the greatest jurists to serve in America. Her devotion to equality is an inspiration to millions.
In August 1993, she took her oath of office to the US Supreme Court. In her 80s, she became the subject of a hit documentary, a biopic and an operetta. She graced the cover of Time and appeared in Saturday Night Live sketches.
Those who knew her knew her love for the legal process to be profound.When she attended an opera and found it slow at any point, she could be seen editing legal papers from her seat.
RBG championed women’s rights and coined several famous quotes. One famous quote; women belong in all places where important decisions are made.
Her Personal Life
RBG was also a wife and mother. She recalled her mother stating, “It’s good to be deaf sometimes Ruth.” Ginsburg remembered the advice throughout her marriage and at work as well.
As the New York Times wrote, Young women had the image tattooed on their arms. Daughters dressed in R.B.G. costumes for Halloween. “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” appeared on bumper stickers and T-shirts.”
NPR reports that Ginsburg changed how women are treated in the US. “Hundreds of state and federal laws restricted what women could do, barring them from jobs, rights and even from jury service. By the time she donned judicial robes, however, Ginsburg had worked a revolution.”*
Ginsburg changed how women are treated in the US. Hundreds of state and federal laws restricted what women could do, barring them from jobs, rights and even from jury service. By the time she donned judicial robes, however, Ginsburg had worked a revolution.”
The statue above is of the Fearless Girl in New York City. The “Fearless Girl” statue has been standing in lower Manhattan since International Women’s Day in 2017. In honor of RBG, she now wears a collar. The image above is courtesy of USA Today where again we pay homage to this icon.
As we mourn Justice Ginsburg, we celebrate the opportunities she gave to women and the disadvantaged across America – today and for generations to come.
*NPR, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87,” Nina Totenberg, September 2020.