A Feminist a Day: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Who is she?

ruthRuth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and a modern feminist icon, having spent much of her legal career working for women’s rights at a legal and constitutional level.

Ruth went to Harvard Law School and Columbia, where she tied for first in her class, but was later rejected a clerkship because of her gender. While at Harvard, where her husband Marty was also studying law, Marty was treated for cancer. Ruth looked after their daughter, managed her own course work, took all of Marty’s notes from his classes and typed up his dictated essays.

She went onto teach law and co-founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women’s rights. Ruth also co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. As its chief litigator, she argued landmark cases for women’s rights, including a case that challenged laws which made jury duty voluntary for women.

rbgBill Clinton nominated Ruth to the Supreme Court in 1993 and during her time on the bench has supported abortion rights, gender equality and civil liberties.

Ruth has become a modern feminist icon, with a Tumblr called Notorious RBG celebrating her general amazingness. It’s also a book and Ruth’s image emblazons many a feminist t-shirt, tote bag and meme.

Ruth and her husband Marty also had an enviable marriage – he supported her career, which is unusual, even today. He said: “I think that the most important thing I have done is enable Ruth to do what she has done.”

Why should we thank her?

Ruth has been an inspirational lawyer and judge and a staunch defender of women’s rights her entire career. She’s still on the bench in her 80s and is totally incredible. Love the RBG!

Best quote

“When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough (women on the supreme court)? And I say ‘When there are nine’, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

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A Feminist a Day: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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