“She tried valiantly to hang on for us women and our country knowing the significance of her own death. We owe so much to this truly remarkable woman, who fought so brilliantly using her intellect and understanding of law, history and humanity to change the lives of so many.
She was not only a remarkable woman, but will remain an all star among both sexes in her chosen profession, winning 5 out 6 cases she argued before the Supreme Court. A win rate that puts her in a rare class and a legacy of impacting equality for generations.
In her first appearance before the court, her quote of nineteenth-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sarah Grimke: “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” was not only relevant for the times, but today seems sadly and perversely prescient.
As Heather shares – “Upon hearing of Ginsburg’s death, former U.S. Attorney and law professor Joyce Vance tweeted, “We should honor the life of RBG, American hero, by refusing to give in, refusing to back down, fighting for the civil rights of all people & demanding our leaders honor the rule of law. This is our fight now.” Rest in power, Justice Ginsburg.”
We can no longer leave this fight to so few remarkable women. We must grab the baton with equal conviction, determination and perseverance. This must become our fight. We must rise to the greatest challenge of our time. Let us not let her down. Let us not squander the legacy she has left. Speak up, take action, and most of all vote. Future generations of your children, grandchildren and beyond are depending on us.”
Tonight, flowers are strewn on the steps of the Supreme Court, where “Equal Justice Under Law” is carved in stone. More than a thousand people gathered there tonight to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died today from cancer at age 87.
— Read on heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/september-18-2020