There is a corner of my living room that I have decorated in dedication to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Why do I honor her in this way? Quite simply, her life and her work created room for my life and work. Her life and work created changes in our systems and structures that translated into a better and more meaningful life for so many.
I am not alone in my admiration for Justice Ginsburg and my sense of loss at her death. Women in particular look up to her as a role model, an icon, a trailblazer; someone who showed us how to live a brave and connected life, a life shaped by our deepest and highest values.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an intergenerational icon.
Lexie Wackman, 9, of Washington, was just 6 when she had her introduction to Justice Ginsburg. Her mother bought her a copy of “I Dissent,” a children’s book about the justice, which prompted her to give a speech about Justice Ginsburg to her fellow first graders. Lexie burst into tears when she heard that Justice Ginsburg had died, and her mother encouraged her daughter to write a note, which they left on the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday.
Framed on a wall in her chambers at the Supreme Court, she kept a quote from Deuteronomy- three Hebrew words in beautiful calligraphy:
Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – “Justice, justice, you shall pursue” (Deut 16:20).
Today, I give thanks to God for the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Who has been a role model to you? How did they show you how to live a life shaped by your deepest and best values? Let us know in the comments below.
-Written by Amy Miracle
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