Today marks the 85th birthday of Supreme Court Justice, supreme author, and supreme human being, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ginsberg, the first ever female professor to receive tenure at Columbia Law School, has beaten cancer twice, has stood up for women’s right endlessly and is basically a great, big icon. So here are ten of her best quotes to celebrate the her turning big 8-5.
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Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.
I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.
America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow.
In the ’50s, too many women, even though they were very smart, they tried to make the man feel that he was brainier. It was a sad thing.
At Cornell University, my professor of European literature, Vladimir Nabokov, changed the way I read and the way I write. Words could paint pictures, I learned from him. Choosing the right word, and the right word order, he illustrated, could make an enormous difference in conveying an image or an idea.
Feminism… I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.’
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