LIVE UP TO YOUR TRUE PROTENTIAL: September 25, 2020

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “My mother was very strong about my doing well in school and living up to my potential.” She was the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice when she took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She faced workplace discrimination in the 1960s despite graduating first in her class at Columbia Law School in 1959. Ginsburg has long been a forceful advocate of women’s rights and gender equality, and she has earned the deep and abiding respect of her colleagues on the Court along with the American Public.

Ginsburg wore her “dissenting collar” whenever she’d like to communicate her condemnation. When asked the Justice why she had selecting this particular jabot to express disagreement, she explained that “it looks fitting for dissent.”

The Supreme Court Justice has imbued multiple jabots with meaning, from her crocheted “majority opinion” collar to her favorite lace look. But the dissent collar garnered the biggest following.

She said “[I want to be remembered as] someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.”

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“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

Justive Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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