My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
Right here, Right now! We have a patriot keeping watch over our Constitution. She talks softly and carries a big chip on her shoulder. And why not? She has risen to the top of her game with pure determination and a brilliant mind. Just the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit the ground running, always taking the high road.
With the documentary RBG now released, time has come to show us the rich legacy of her good fights. With women and human rights again under attack, it is no accident Ruth is center stage. She is our champion. The timing is perfect. I hope you take the time to watch it. Her daily routine includes body, mind and spirit.
Recently, a friend gave me the book “In Praise of Difficult Women,” a short list for sure, but included is Ruth. Giving rise to inspiring others, a New York University student started a blog on Tumblr called “Notorious R.B.G” (with apologies to Biggie Smalls Notorious B.I.G.) that immediately went viral and a new pop culture sensation was in the limelight. Again, no accidents at the timing. Tattoos, Halloween costumes, coloring books and greeting cards, mugs and even Tarot cards emerged with her likeness.
Then the media became interested in her fashion choices. She has a nice collection of fancy jabots (lace collars); a favorite is a white beaded collar from South Africa. On her dissenting days she wears a black velvet-and-gold jeweled collar. Her day-to-day choice is from her law clerks, a woven gold collar with dangly beads.
Now that she’s captured our cultural attention, we now know about Ruth where we might not have otherwise. She likes the attention and keeps a supply of her T-shirts in stock of Notorious R.G.B, and her favorite, “You can’t spell truth without Ruth.”
One simple change she made, which in turn changed every decision thereafter, was in a phrase. A clerk of hers was typing up a brief and suggested she change sex discrimination to gender discrimination. The problem was with the word “sex.” Her secretary pointed out that like a dog distracted by a squirrel, the male justices were no doubt distracted from Ruth’s constant repetitive argument of the word itself. From then on the term “gender discrimination” stuck and is now used in the courts.
Here’s a sweet story from Ruth’s granddaughter who has graduated from law school and knows the extraordinary legacy to live up to. She will continue to fight the good fights of her bubbie. Long live RBG!