Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most important feminist lawyer in American history. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, will be remembered for her fight for women's rights. Long before she became a judge, she convinced the Supreme Court to hold that gender discrimination can violate the Constitution. She spent many of the following years working to strengthen those protections for women.
Her lifelong fight for equal rights helped pave the way for women to take on high profile roles in the business government, the military, and the supreme court.
Here are some interesting facts about flaming feminists and justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg RBG.
She is multi-talented( but she is not good at everything)
We are familiar with RBG because of her incredible career accomplishments but it turns out politics isn’t the only area where she thrives in her younger years. She played the cello and was even a baton twirler before you start to feel too bad about yourself though know that RBG is also supremely relatable and has areas in which she struggles like driving for example she allegedly failed her driver's id exam the first five times she took it she is also a notoriously terrible cook with her late husband saying “ Ruth is no longer permitted in the kitchen by demand of our children who have tasted.
She works on her fitness
RBG works on her fitness even in her 80s. RBG takes her fitness regimen seriously doing 20 pushups a day but that is not the hardest part after she did 32 seconds as well.
She loves Opera
After her passion for the law, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's second greatest intellectual love is opera. The Notorious R.B.G., as she’s called in a new eponymous book, is a fixture at the Washington National Opera and has even made a side-career of lecturing about opera and the law.
She was discriminated against while pregnant
RBG and her husband, Marty, relocated to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where Marty was expected to fulfill his Army Reserve duties for the next two years. Ruth took the civil service exam and qualified to be a claims adjustor but then made the mistake of mentioning that she was three months pregnant with their daughter, Jane. Suddenly, RBG’s civil service ranking was reduced, and with it, her title and pay. Then when she learned a valuable lesson from the experience, and during her second pregnancy which coincided with her first year as a professor at Rutgers University.she did everything she could to conceal the fact that she was expecting.
She experienced Sexism at Harvard
Ginsburg has experienced gender discrimination during her career. While at Harvard Law, she and the others in the small group of female students were asked how it felt to be taking up the spots of more-deserving, qualified males. Upon graduation, many firms were not interested in hiring her, despite her high honors. She would later write, "The traditional law firms were just beginning to turn around on hiring Jews. But to be a woman, a Jew, and a mother to boot that combination was a bit too much."
She had a good relationship with Scalia
The court’s most famous odd couple friendship. They stood as an example of warmth and professionalism across traditional divides. For Ginsburg, who has been outnumbered throughout her career, it was also about making the institution work, no matter their disagreements. The two justices, friends since the 1980s, had some things in common. They shared a love of opera. They came from outer-borough New York City. Before they were two of the nine, they were contemporaries as law professors and served together on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But the reserved Clinton appointee and the bombastic Reagan pick had vastly different views on the constitution and the role of the court.
Her collars have meaning
The Notorious R.B.G, which came to symbolize Justice Ginsburg's status as a pop-culture hero in her later years, the collars served as both semiology and semaphore: They signaled her positions before she even opened her mouth, and they represented her unique role as the second woman on the country’s highest court.
Her marriage focused on Equality
During a time when women were expected to put their husbands’ needs before their own, Ruth and Marty Ginsburg refused to let prescribed gender roles dictate how they ran their household. In the years when Marty a successful tax lawyer in his own right was busy trying to make partner, Ruth took on the brunt of the housework and child-rearing. And as Ruth’s career blossomed, Marty made sure there was dinner on the table for their two kids, and would often drag his wife out of the office late at night to ensure she ate a proper meal and got some rest.
She diagnosed with Cancer twice
Ginsburg has been diagnosed with cancer twice. The first diagnosis came in 1999 when she learned she had colon cancer. A decade later she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During both bouts, she never once missed a day of work. You just can’t keep her down!