Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Icon, Advocate, Feminist, and Legend

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Early Life and the Journey Through Law School

Ginsburg, even in her youth, developed a discourse of persistence
 Credit Librado Romero/The New York Times
Ginsburg, even in her youth, developed a discourse of persistence
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Why are you here occupying a seat that could be held by a man?

Slate Interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Published July 21, 2020

Frontiero v. Richardson and the Road to the Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1977
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I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.

Ruth B. Ginsburg, Frontiero v. Richardson 1973

Careful, Calculated, and Wise

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke on the main stage of the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019 Photo b
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke on the main stage of the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019 Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress

“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum on the side of change,” Ginsburg said. She would’ve preferred that abortion rights be secured more gradually, in a process that included state legislatures and the courts, she added. Ginsburg also was troubled that the focus on Roe was on a right to privacy, rather than women’s rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2013

When I wrote briefs I wanted to give the court something it could convert into an opinion.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 2013

Now all the doors are open, but we haven’t come all the way.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2013

Social Justice, Patriotism, and a Legacy

In all things, equality is the goal
 Photo by Flavia Jacquier from Pexels
In all things, equality is the goal
Photo by Flavia Jacquier from Pexels

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