Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York to parents of Jewish descent. She served as Supreme Court Justice from August 1993 until her death from her battle with pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her law degree from Columbia University. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was fondly known as RBG, was also a champion for women’s rights and abortion rights, both in her Supreme Court dissents and in her personal life. In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.
How can we remember this incredible Justice? These eight iconic RBG quotes remind us of everything Ginsburg stood for – and everything we should fight for, too:
1. “Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf…That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.”
2. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
3. “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
4. “Yet what greater defeat could we suffer than to come to resemble the forces we oppose in their disrespect for human dignity?”
5. “Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.”
6. “I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”
7. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
8. “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy (and her powerful words) will impact us forever. We should all honor RBG’s memory by being kinder to those around us and fighting for equality for all.
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