Friday, August 10, 2018

A Mom, Wife, Lawyer, Judge, and Hero

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been serving on our Supreme Court for 25 years. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of women, men, and people of color. She has used her wisdom to broaden the perception of discrimination and shined a light on the dark topic of sexual harassment. She was the second female to be appointed to the Supreme Court and her journey to get there was a long road. Through her bravery and intelligence, she has protected “Our rights”.

Ruth had been taught by her mother at a very young age how important a good education was. Mrs. Nader had graduated from high school at the age of 15, but Ruth ’s grandparents decided to send her mom’s brother to college and she had to go to work to help pay for his schooling. Back in the day, this was common practice to send your son to school for education and your daughters to school to find a husband. Ruth’s mom passed away the day before she graduated high school and was not able to see the incredible woman she became.

Ruth didn’t give up. She went to Cornell University the next term where she graduated at the top of her class. She met her husband Martin D. Ginsburg. Whom she was married to for 59 years. She went with her husband to Oklahoma for his military training and worked at the Social Security Administration office. During her time there she became pregnant with her daughter and was demoted for being pregnant. After her husband finished his tour of duty she went to Harvard and at the time there were only 8 other females in a group of 500 students. They were chastised by the Dean of Harvard who asked them and appalling question, “How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man? ”. Her husband took a job in New York and she transferred to Columbia University where she graduated tied for first in her class.

She was the first woman to be on two law reviews Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review and despite that fact and her exceptional academic career, she struggled to find a job in her field because of her gender. Nevertheless, she persisted and I for one am so grateful that she did. Ruth has worked hard to be on the Supreme Court and has decided to stay for another five years. Ruth has been a part of many important decisions made by the court. She has a unique point of view due to the fact she dealt with discrimination herself. That is why she has fought so hard for women to get equal pay and treated with the same respect she saw her male colleagues receive. 

She also fought for the rights of men being discriminated against. Ruth knew it was wrong for Social Security to deny monies to a widower that was trying to raise his children alone. She also is against someone being denied a job for the color of their skin or gender. Ruth fights for the common man and woman.

Ruth’s biography has been made into a book and movie. The Notorious RBG The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a bestselling novel and documentary, and On the Basis of Sex is a movie set to be released late in 2018. I am so grateful and thankful for her and all she has done to improve the lives of so many. She is an inspiration and an excellent role model for anyone. I personally could go on and on about her and what she has accomplished but I will end here.

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