Ruth Bader Ginsburg | A Paragon of What Perfect Justice Looks Like
Being able to write this blog about Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg means the world to me. This dynamite human being was left handed and the feeling that I got when I first found out was pure excitement with a dash of nervousness. Why nervousness? Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not someone I could just quickly write about. If her name was going to be included on my site, I wanted to put the power, soul and heart in my words that she so deserves. I needed to write what I was really feeling, not only facts from Wikipedia. She was not just anyone, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the icon of all icons. Being able to add her to my left handers list is priceless.
Who am I? I am an African American woman in Alabama and my husband and I are raising three girls. Three girls in a world that still view women as inferior. They were born with two obvious strikes against them as was I. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had several strikes. She was a woman, born from Jewish emigrants and found herself being a mother and a wife while attending school. This was absolutely amazing! The strength of it all. Not many people would have kept going as many would have quit, but this TNT of a human kept going. She not only kept going in a male dominated world, she kept going and surpassed all expectations in that world. And not only was she a wife and a mother, but she also cared for an ailing husband while doing so. Now that's what you call a Super Diva!... To say the least.
During her era, left handed people were not looked at as being the cream of the crop, so I wonder if she experienced any discrimination because of it. Being a left handed woman could not have been easy. According to TIME, in 1969, left handers were described as “southpaws, gallock-handers, chickie paws and scrammies” and were seen as sinister.
I've been watching Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years and I do have to admit that I did not know her full history. Like everyone else, I watched the CNN special RBG. I had been waiting on it as this was something I wanted me and my girls to watch together. I didn't know her full history, but I knew enough to say that she played a huge part in changing our nation's history.
As I was watching it, I found myself not being able to blink. I didn't want to miss anything. I recorded it and had it on in most rooms in my house. So, as I was getting my kids ready for their school day, I could watch it from every room.
What I loved about her whole persona is that she never shouted or felt the need to argue or talk over to get her point across. She was just Ruth. Quiet, tiny and explosive. I couldn't help but feel proud as a woman watching this documentary. She dominated in areas (and during an era) where women were not wanted and it was inconceivable that a woman can not only be apart of, but also command.
I always tell my girls to challenge everything and that they can do whatever they want. Don't take anyone's word as Bible. Listen, take into account, but do your own research. Load yourself with knowledge and with knowledge is power (albeit, cliche, but true). I tell them that they can do anything that they put their heart and soul into. If anyone says you can't, okay, let's challenge that. And for them to see this in action in Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last night was priceless. An example and the epitome of what hard work does and that real life reaps are possible.
I am just ecstatic and super proud to add Associate Justice Ruth Ginsburg to our left handed celebrities list.
Per Wikipedia, here's a short snippet of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's biography:
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born Joan Ruth Bader, March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020) was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993, and had served since August 10, 1993. Ginsburg became the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court after Sandra Day O'Connor, the two others being Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are still serving in 2020. Following O'Connor's retirement in 2006 and until Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents, which were noted by legal observers and in popular culture. She is generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg has authored notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000).
Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother, one of her biggest sources of encouragement, died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She then earned her bachelor's degree at Cornell University, and became a wife and mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class. Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated tied for first in her class. Following law school, Ginsburg entered into academia. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.
Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents and refusal to step down; she has been dubbed "The Notorious R.B.G.", a play on the name of the rapper known as "The Notorious B.I.G.", in reference to her notable dissents.
She died at 87 years of age on September 18, 2020, of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home."
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