61/100 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Oh, how I admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is so inspiring. I feel that there is so much to worship about her, just look at her work, her life, and even her marriage!

If I am having a bad day, or am low on the motivation, I can read her words and instantly I feel invigorated and ready to move on. She has a no nonsense way of speaking, and it seems to make the most confusing things clear.

You should watch this whole MSNBC interview, but here are some of my favorite quotes:

When asked, “What do you want young women who admire you to take away from your work?” She answered:

I would like them to have the enthusiasm that we had in the ’70s – determining that the law should catch up to the changes that have occurred in society, changes in the way people whatever, the realization that no one should be held back, boy or girl – because of gender, artificial gender barriers. That everyone should be – in the words of a wonderful song that Ms. Magazine popularized, everyone should be free to be you and me.

When asked how she would like to be remembered she said this:

“Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid.”

I could post videos and clips all day. But here is one I hold dear, because even Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had bad days, and road blocks in her life, that have lead her to just where she needed to be.

So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.

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