"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. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when asked how she would like to be remembered
On September 18th, we lost a great champion of human rights and gender equality. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 87 when she passed away from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
If you have ever seen pictures on social media of little girls (or women for that matter) wearing her distinctive black robe, lace collar and large eyeglasses as a Halloween costume, then you are familiar with the legacy and impression she has made on so many of us. She was pushing boundaries, working hard and determined. She was a mother and grandmother. She was notorious. She was a badass.
Fearless Girl donning a collar shortly after RGB's passing
Things we take for granted - having a checking account without needing a male co-signer to having a guaranteed job while pregnant - are givens in large part to her effort. As with many subjects, books and other stories are a great way for children to learn about these important people and our history.
Another wonderful resource is the Best of Rebel Girls podcast where they have a special show on RGB titled Best of Rebel Girls: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Make sure to check out the other episodes as well.