What do you do when your hero has to give up on her goal of living to 100 and until the next president of the United States is elected? You cry, light a candle and vow to make sure women and girls never forget the debt we owe Ruth Bader Ginsburg – RBG. We remind them the credit card and bank account they got without a man co-signing for them is because of her. Women can sit on juries and be executors of estates. Women can demand equal pay for equal work and equal pensions. If you are married you don’t have to ask your husband’s permission to obtain birth control. You can make your own health care decisions. A job cannot depend on whether you are or are not pregnant. Girls can play sports in school. Yes, all these have been made possible because RBG fought for women to have equal rights.
She said her Jewish religion taught her that she “must do right, to love mercy, do justice, not because there’s going to be any reward in heaven or punishment in hell.” She was to “live righteously because that’s how people should live.” There are many things she said that speak to us.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
“Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
Because of RBG – we have our orders to use our talents to the best of our ability. We keep her work alive by taking up our purses and marching, speaking out, voting and working until there is equality for everyone. We persist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!