“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference in 2012
“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”— from her 2012 book “My Own Words.”
“We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, ‘We, the people.’” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A Medley By Melba Christie
You were the first justice I remember to decree
the rights of women and their equality
are important and a necessity.
You instilled in all of us
the need to look at our humanity.
You taught us to fight for the things that matter.
You reminded us that “we the people”
are resilient and included us all without exceptions.
You were never about the false perceptions.
You cared about the Supreme Court’s institution
and carried in your heart our constitution.
Your strength and courage remained constant in the service of
the demand for justice
I truly hope your dissents
one day become laws
God only knows our society is full of flaws.
No one and nothing is perfection
Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions.
Unfortunately, they still exist here and now
But I promise from this day forward
and make this vow
My grand daughters and grand sons will know you well
how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like,
color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.
REST IN PEACE!