Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the reason many of us are able to be the working moms that we are today. The 87-year-old Supreme Court justice passed away Friday, September 18, due to complications from cancer, but her legacy lives on. Her tireless fight for gender equity must be remembered, carried on and fought to the fullest.
At age 21, the “Notorious RBG” was demoted from her role at the Social Security Administration for being pregnant, before giving birth to her daughter, Jane, in 1955. The next fall, she enrolled in Harvard Law School and was one of nine women in a class of 500. She credited much of her success to her infant.
“Work-life balance was a term not yet coined in the years my children were young; it is aptly descriptive of the time distribution I experienced. My success in law school, I have no doubt, was in large measure because of baby Jane,” Ruth wrote in The New York Times in 2016. “I attended classes and studied diligently until 4 in the afternoon; the next hours were Jane’s time, spent at the park, playing silly games or singing funny songs, reading picture books and A. A. Milne poems, and bathing and feeding her. After Jane’s bedtime, I returned to the law books with renewed will. Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked.”
RBG spent the rest of her life fighting whole-heartedly for women’s rights, famously saying, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Fittingly, moms have taken to social media to share the impact RBG has had on their own lives, their families and especially their daughters. Here are a few of our favorites.
She taught us we have the power to make a change.
She taught us that even the smallest body can be a vector of justice.
She taught us that we can be the heroes we want to see in the world.
She taught us that the fight for justice is never over.
She taught us there is dignity in working through adversities to fight the good fight.
She taught us exactly where women belong.
She taught us that only through equity and compassion is justice achieved.
She taught us that every last one of us can all leave our mark on the world.
She taught us to show our children they can do whatever they want in life.
She taught us that just one person can be the change we want to see in the world.
She taught us that our power to change the world is unlimited.
She taught us that our daughters are the future.
This loss is immeasurable, but our work here is far from over. We are in awe of the trailblazing RBG did for working moms and recommend her advice for making the school year easier on partnered mothers. May her memory be a blessing.