Women Who Inspire Me - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When I heard the news on Friday night, I felt like someone had just kicked me in the gut.  It still hurts, and probably will for some time.  There are certain people, in my view, who should be exempt from the limits of mortality.  People who should be allowed to live forever because of the value they add to our world for simply being who they are.  

Ruth is one of those.  

Yes, she was a Supreme Court Justice with very liberal leanings.  However, lets put partisan politics aside for a moment shall we?  I want to focus on RGB the person.    

She was a champion for equality.  She is best known for her fight for gender equality but she was also a fierce advocate for equal justice and eliminating discrimination of all types.

Her own personal experiences with gender discrimination inspired her to become a leader in the fight for gender equality.   In an October 1, 2016 article in the New York Times, she writes:

What enabled me to take part in the effort to free our daughters and sons to achieve whatever their talents equipped them to accomplish, with no artificial barriers blocking their way? First, a mother who, by her example, made reading a delight and counseled me constantly to “be independent,” able to fend for myself, whatever fortune might have in store for me.

She valued Equality.  And Independence.  She believed that no person, no matter gender, race, color, nationally, disability, etc., should be denied opportunities, or treated as or made to feel like they were inferior. Personal core values I also share.  

When I was growing up my adoptive mother told me that I could be anything I wanted.  Thanks to RBG, my late mother was right.  While they never knew each other in this world, I'd like to think they've met up in the afterworld and are now whooping it up together.   

 She proved that women could successfully raise a family and have a career.  

Work life balance anyone?  RGB did it all at a time when women were not supposed to be capable of such things.  

When she was going to Harvard Law School, she balanced life as a law student (in a hostile environment that did not welcome women), and being a mother to her young daughter.  A few years later her husband battled testicular cancer.  During this time, not only did she continue to attend law school and raise her daughter, she also helped her husband stay current in his studies by going to his classes and taking notes for him.  

Also impressive is the secret of their successful relationship.  They considered each other full equals in their marriage.   One of the stories RGB used to tell the world was about how her husband did most of the cooking because she was not very good at it.  Haaaaaaa....I can so relate.  Same thing happens in our house when my husband is home (PS. He's a great cook, I can't complain).  

 She didn't let her age or health get in her way.

The Notorious RGB.  She was small in physical size, but made up for that in strength, determination and perseverance.  While cancer was what ultimately took her, she had beat cancer in the past.   As she got older she was also hospitalized for various other things, but this didn't stop her, in fact it barely slowed her down.  Often she was back to work the very next day, from her hospital bed.  

RGB was also known in her later years for her exercise regimen.   Its reported that she rarely missed a session where in addition to cardio, she would do planks, push-ups, squats, and work with weights to do bicep and leg curls and chest and shoulder presses.  

In conclusion, no matter what your politics might be, RGB was an inspiration. 

  • She stood up for what she believed in.
  • She trailblazed during a time when society didn't believe she should be doing what she was doing. 
  • And, as she got older, she didn't let her age or her health stop her from doing great things.  

Here's to you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I salute you and I thank you for your hard work in paving the way for women like me in this world.  

PS.  Say hi to my mom for me.  

 

 

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