Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. A staunch supporter of women’s rights, Ginsburg became known for her progressive votes on a host of important issues, including same-sex marriage, abortion, affirmative action, and health care.
Here we gather some of ruth bader ginsburgThe most unforgettable phrases of ‘s, in tribute to the feminist icon and her important legacy.
About women’s rights
“Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, empowered by the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom that all people should enjoy.” ACLU.
“Women belong everywhere where decisions are made. Women shouldn’t be the exception.”—A 2009 interview with USA Todayvia CNN.
“People ask me sometimes, when… when do you think that will be enough? When will there be enough women in the [Supreme] Court? And my answer is when there are nine.” Speaking at Georgetown University, via pbs.
On becoming known as the Notorious RBG
“It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day become the Notorious RBG. I’m 86 now, and yet people of all ages want to take their picture with me.”—Via Reuters.
“My idea of how the election should have played out was not a notion of privacy, nor a correct notion of a doctor, but the right of a woman to control her own destiny, to be able to make decisions without Big Brother telling her what can and cannot do.”—From an interview with literary center.
“My mother constantly told me two things. One was to be a lady and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the 1940s, the most important career was not was not your BA, but your MRS”—Via la ACLU.
On “having it all”
“You can’t have it all, all at once. Who, man or woman, has it all, all at once? Throughout my life I think I’ve had it all. But at different time periods things were difficult And if you have a loving life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it.”—From an interview with Katie Couric in yahoo! News.
On living with cancer
“Judge O’Connor had set the pattern. She had breast surgery and was in the dock nine days after surgery. She said, ‘Now, Ruth, have your chemotherapy on a Friday. That way, you have the weekend to recover”. about it.’”—From a 2016 interview with CBS this morning.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that he was going to be dead in six months. That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now dead. And I am very much alive.”—Via npr.
“Real change, lasting change, happens step by step.”—As quoted in Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburgvia think about progress.
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