“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I was originally drawn to do Ruth Bader Ginsburg as my Eminent Person because of her strong gender beliefs. She made an impact on gender equality rights all over the world, including me and my rights as a woman. RBG overcame so much gender discrimination in her life. She had to endure being denied multiple jobs after graduating top of her class. She was even asked by the dean “why they were occupying seats that would otherwise be filled by men.” [ACLU Tribute.] Despite hard setbacks, RBG stood up for pregnancy discrimination, equal access to education, women in the military, and so much more. According to Ginsberg, “Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.” I relate to her perseverance and determination in everyday life. When I am told I can’t do something, I take it as an opportunity to prove them wrong. For example, I remember when a kid at school did 12 sets of monkey bars in a row – a big achievement at the time. He was undefeated, as no other kid in the school was able to beat him. When it was my turn to try, the kid took one look at me and laughed. Frustrated that he treated me poorly because I was ‘weak’, I got on the monkey bars and doubled his score. In this example, I showed perseverance and grit after being laughed at by my peers, just like what RGB had to experience by her male colleagues. Her perseverance reminds me that by standing up for what you believe in, the impossible becomes possible. My biggest goal in TALONS is to make an impact and be remembered, just how Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done for America and beyond. I believe that RBG will be forever remembered, and her impact will be passed on for years to come. During the 1970s, Ginsburg led the ACLU in many important legal battles, many in front of the Supreme Court. These trials established the foundation for the current legal laws against sex discrimination and started women’s rights advocacy. By 1974, ACLU had participated in over 300 sex discrimination cases, with over half decided by the Supreme Court. Ginsburg served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, becoming its most prominent member until her death. To summarize, despite the hardship RBG faced in her life, she was able to preserver and stand up for what she believed in. She didn’t let setbacks stop her and instead focused on the big picture. RBG has inspired and changed the lives of millions of women and girls around the world, impacting not only discrimination laws but standing up for what she believed in. She changed how I get to live my life and inspires me to make an impact in the future. I look forward to immersing myself into the world of the Notorious RBG, and as she used to say, “fight for the things you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
My goal for the next phase of research is to specifically look at women’s rights cases that RBG argued. This will give me a better idea of the impact she made on those people’s lives and well-being.