Ruth Bader Ginsburg- An Example to All Women

By on September 29, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death.[1] She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and at the time was generally viewed as a moderate consensus-builder.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent much of her legal career as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights, and so it is fitting that LivingBetter50 acknowledge and remember her for the role in leading our generation and women. 

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Here are some of the ways that Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired us.

1.    Ruth Bader Ginsburg found a job that she loved

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was rejected, again and again. Many of the New York law firms that she applied to work at did not see the potential and legal prowess. But just think—if she had been employed in a law firm, she likely never would have ascended to the Supreme Court. And that was her dream job.

2.    Be strategic 

We often get stuck on the where. Take all the time needed to figure out where you want to go, and then, before you start, plot out your path there. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a great example of applying strategy and forethought with her litigation strategy. Showing how men were hurt by sex discrimination was a more effective strategy than having only women plaintiffs. 

3.    Be human

Separate your advocacy from your relationships. Move from transactional relationships to human relationships. Much has been said and written about the manner in which Ruth Bader Ginsburg was best friends was her fellow justice Antonin Scalia. She disagreed with him, fiercely, about pretty much every legal point. But they loved each other and bonded over music, and over dinners prepared by her husband.

4.    Work hard

All victories are earned, whether in the court or on the practice court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg started working hard when she was a young new lawyer and she never stopped. Look at the honor guard at the Supreme Court for her memorial, composed of people who worked as her clerks. They undoubtedly loved her for her humanity, but they also surely respected her because she made them better lawyers.

5.    Be precise because words matter

The practice of law is a combination of analysis and communication. Communication is more effective when it is spare and clear. We clearly received her points and understood the message. Let us follow the example and be sure to lovingly share the truth with compassion and empathy.

6.    Presence matters

Justice Ginsburg always looked professional and elegant in her Armani suits and her long black robes. She was all a brilliant lawyer and an all-powerful woman. Her dress code and mannerisms didn’t give anyone an opportunity to undermine her position. Always poised and professional, we can follow her example in our daily lives.

7.    Find something outside of your job to love

Ruth Bader Ginsburg found opera and lost herself in music. You don’t need to share her passion for music but share her passion. A characteristic that stood out from Justice Ginsburg was the passion that she brought to every situation. Passion is something that will elevate your efforts and presence in any situation.

8. Look after your body

RBG, the documentary, showed Ruth Bader Ginsburg working out regularly and very strenuously. Like everything else she did, she went all out. If you do the same your lives will be richer for it.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg- An Example to All Women