Like most, I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. But I had no clue of who she really was or what she did in a remarkable lifetime until her death. But I have certainly learned a lot about her in the last few days and now realize why she was so revered by so many, especially females.
Obviously she had a spine of steel and simply would not take “no” for an answer. No doubt the fact that she was tiny was a benefit. How could something that small be such a fierce opponent?
But she coupled her resolve with a brain that never seemed to turn off.
She definitely saw the world through the eyes of a woman and often enlightened her male colleagues with a viewpoint they had no way of relating to on their own. In so doing, she became a champion for females and impacted their lives in ways most never understood.
Time after time a TV clip showed her speaking to young women and they were enthralled by her. Many said that she became a “rock star” and I’ve seen nothing to make me think otherwise. Someone gave her the moniker of “Notorious RBG”, a play on words from the name of a rapper. She seemed amused by this and must have realized that it was a term of endearment used by young women.
She was devoted to her husband Marty, one of the top tax lawyers in New York City. They were married for more than 50 years. Like her, he also died of cancer.
He was quite a chef and said at an interview one time that she didn’t tell him how to cook and he didn’t tell her about the law.
An extraordinary woman who lead an extraordinary life.