BE FREE IN THE POWER OF BEING YOU: September 26, 2020

“Rabbi Alfred Bettleheim once said: ‘Prejudice saves us a painful trouble, the trouble of thinking.’” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “In Greek mythology, Pallas Athena was celebrated as the goddess of reason and justice. To end the cycle of violence that began with Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia, Athena created a court of justice to try Orestes, thereby installing the rule of law in lieu of the reign of vengeance.

Recall also the biblical Deborah (from the Book of Judges). She was at the same time prophet, judge, and military leader. This triple-headed authority was exercised by only two other Israelites, both men: Moses and Samuel.
People came from far and wide to seek Deborah’s judgment.

Even if its members knew nothing of Athena and Deborah, the U.S. legal establishment resisted admitting women into its ranks far too long.”

She also said “Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.’ Free to be, if you were a girl—doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Anything you want to be. And if you’re a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s OK too.

That notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers—manmade barriers, certainly not heaven sent.”

“For both men and women the first step in getting power is to become visible to others, and then to put on an impressive show. . . . As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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“We are at last beginning to relegate to the history books the idea of the token woman.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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