My word, what a day.
Many people will be writing about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the coming days – often with more information and insight than I have, I’m sure. . . but I cannot imagine talking about anything else right now.
Since the breaking news appeared on my phone, I have been sitting, wearing my RBG dissent pin, first watching the news coverage through the evening and now the RBG documentary that I’ve probably already seen five times before.
Of course, I’ve also been looking through many tributes and articles online.
I remember her confirmation hearings well – and she was my hero back then.
When I was in high school, I had thoughts of possibly pursuing law – and was voted “Most Likely To Head a Militant EPA.”
Yes, I might have wanted to take on the world, a la RBG. . . 😉 .
As I grew older and chose a different path, she continued to be an inspiration for me and many other women to live our dreams, pursue education, vote, participate in the political process. . .
She was even a fellow opera lover. ❤
She shared so much wisdom over the years.
Here are just a few of her thoughts that I love:
In addition to being a brilliant jurist and an inspiration to many, she was also a wife, a mother, and a bubbe to her grandchildren.
Learning about her marriage was absolutely heartwarming. Her husband supported her education and her career in a time when it wasn’t particularly socially acceptable.
Before he passed away in 2010, Marty wrote her a letter where he said, “I have admired and loved you almost since the day we first met at Cornell some 56 years ago. What a treat it has been to watch you progress to the very top of the legal world!”
How. Beautiful. ❤
She worked tirelessly for many years – and fought so hard to stay, through pneumonias and cancer treatments – and even the loss of her beloved husband. She was truly an amazing lady.
I know I wasn’t the only one who wanted to believe she would never have to go.
I have seen posted online in several places this evening that, according to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Jewish High Holidays is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. This evening is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and I cannot imagine anything more appropriate.
As for what happens now, inappropriate political moves have already been made – with no respect for Justice Ginsberg. But I am not going to get into all of that in this post.
I will simply say that, as always, we will follow her example and stand up for what’s right, fight injustice, vote, and do everything we can to see that dirty power plays don’t work.
May we have the courage to stand and dissent.
Rest easy, Justice Ginsberg. We will miss you terribly.
Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Grace and Blessings.