Notorious RBG, aka Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Notorious RBG — aka Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg — has been a radical just by being herself.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had dreamed of being a first-rate lawyer, but that just wasn’t possible in 1959 — even though she had graduated from Columbia Law, tying for first in her class. Law firms just couldn’t wrap their minds around a woman being anything but a secretary or a mom, it seems.
That left her no choice but to burst bombshells.
So say her “Notorious RBG” meme creators, and biographers, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.
With her soft-spoken, tidy and conventional ways, Justice Ginsberg looks nothing like a bomb thrower, says friend, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein.
Plus, she’s good friends with extreme right-winger, Justice Antonin Scalia. Their families sometimes have dinner together.
And, her revolutionary goals came via careful, incremental plans.
Years before sitting on the Supreme Court, RBG appeared before it battling gender discrimination by … (drum roll) … advocating for MEN’s rights…
…Which later left the court little choice but to also defend women’s rights.
RBG enjoys quoting the Preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union.
But, she points out, “We the people” originally left out a lot of us: American Indians… slaves… Black people… herself.
Notorious RBG’s life work has been that struggle to include us all.
She’s a fighter. A couple of years ago Justice Ginsberg felt faint while working out with her trainer, and she was sporting a stent in her right coronary when the “Notorious R.B.G.” creators met with her and asked what message she could relay to her young admirers. RBG said:
You can tell them I’ll be back doing push-ups next week.
This post comes courtesy RBG biographers and meme-creators, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik for their book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (via The Huffington Post). Read the whole thing here.
Posted on January 8, 2016, in feminism, politics/class inequality, sexism, women and tagged feminism, Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, sexism, Supreme Court Justice, women. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.