The Passing of Justice

As a woman, I owe Ruth Bader Ginsburg a huge debt.  She’s usually not spoken of in the same breath as Gloria Steinem, but she probably did as much as or more than Steinem for women’s equality.  Her early work was with the ACLU, and then she began on the cause to which she devoted decades of her life:  ending discrimination on the basis of gender.  Justice Ginsburg was by no means a shrinking violet, but she chose to fight for her beliefs via reasoned, rational arguments and legal advocacy rather than through protests or platforms.  Oddly, although she personally believed absolutely in a woman’s right to choose, she disagreed with the basis of the Roe v. Wade decision, a testament to her utter respect for the law. 

Justice Ginsburg did not confine herself to the issue of women’s equality, however.  She was a staunch advocate for all citizens, notably in her attempt to prevent a 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act.  Her dissent in that case was impassioned and scathing, and completely on point, given the rampant voter suppression we’re witnessing today. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought the good fight, devoting a uniquely brilliant career to upholding the law and tirelessly working for the betterment of the country.  She espoused and promoted the values that are supposed to define the United States.  And thereby, she became a legend. We have lost one of the fairest, most learned, eloquent, and insightful jurists to ever grace the bench, a small woman with a giant influence.  In these disastrous times that cry out for the kind of honesty, compassion, and intellect she possessed, that loss is immeasurable. Thank you, RBG. Rest in peace.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

4 thoughts on “The Passing of Justice

  1. I admire women like that! Women that strive to make a difference. Unfortunately, we women have, indeed, had a very long, hard road to equality.
    It has always galled me to hear about certain races being discriminated against. Don’t get me wrong. I do not approve of discrimination in any way, shape, or form. However, the majority tends to disregard ‘the’ most discriminated against race since time began. Women. ‘We’ are the most discriminated race in ‘any’ ethnicity. In the Middle-East, women ‘have’ to walk behind the man, wear veils over their heads/faces. The daughters of those families are married to whom their Fathers choose for a husband. I w0rked with a woman from India,& her family-mostly the Father-picked out her husband at birth. Sure, she married him,& had his kids. However, she told me on the cuff, that if ‘she’ would have had her choice, like we American women do, that she wouldn’t have married him at all. Yet, in her country, women didn’t have the right to assert themselves as ‘we’ do.
    I find that shameful. God did not create woman to be man’s slave, or inferior. Far from it! We are to be their ‘partners’ in life. It’s supposed to be a team effort.
    Look how hard woman had to fight just to get the vote. Any great women of past history, we owe a great debt of gratitude to because they were raised in societies that kept females subordinate to males.
    If anything, the female race has been the most suppressed, ignored,& discriminated against race on the planet.
    Even during ‘my’ time-period when I was growing up we were the under-dogs. I remember being in Elementary school,& while the boys were being shown movies on how to become tradesmen, doctors, lawyers, or scientists. We girls were being shown movies on being wives, mothers, cooks,& home-makers. I complained to the teachers about that. I told them I was interested in being a scientist,& doing something other than being a ‘Haus Frau’. I was told I was being insubordinate, difficult, or just plain laughed at. I would go to the library,& study ( on my own time, mind you. ), Oceanography, Anthropology, Egyptology, Archaeology, Anthropology, Space Exploration, Astronomy,,& a host of other scientific fields. I’m a natural-born musician,& although I play by ear, I still learned music so I could write songs down the road. Even my Mother couldn’t understand why I would rather have had an erector-set as opposed to dolls when I was a kid. I could create things with my hands,& was very good at it. I guess I went against the grain in relation to being a girl. I saw nothing wrong with that. We females are just as creative,& intelligent as our male counterparts, if not more so!
    I was ‘very’ Blessed with a wonderful husband-my late husband, now-who respected me just as I am. He did not try to change me into a preconceived notion of what he thought a wife should be like. He appreciated my independent nature,& intellectual capacity. He would encourage me to pursue that which was important to me. We had a truly wonderful relationship. Even he agreed that us women often got the short end of the stick in the business world,& elsewhere. He was my diamond in a rock-pile of short-sighted,& chauvinistic men.
    One of the best,& most respected Prime Ministers in England ( right next to Winston Churchill. ) was Margaret Thatcher. She was strong, intelligent, firm,& fair. The Brits loved her!
    Women have just as much to contribute to society,& the world overall as men do. We should have mutual respect for each other’s genders as for each others different races,& cultures. Think about it, people. It would benefit us all!

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    1. I was interested in many of the fields you studied. Agree with you on the points you make. My heroine these days is Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. She’s not only brilliant, she’s honest and certainly knows how to govern effectively. Wish we had someone like that here.

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