Once upon a time, there was a girl who dreamed of becoming a great lawyer. “ A lady lawyer?” people would mock her. “Don’t be ridiculous! Lawyers and judges are always men.”
Ruth looked around her and saw that they were right.“But there’s no reason why that shouldn’t change,” she thought to herself. She applied to Harvard Law School and became one of its brightest students.
Her husband, Marty, was also a student at Harvard. “Your wife should be home baking cookies and looking after the baby,” people used to say. But Marty didn’t listen. Ruth was a terrible cook! And besides, he loved taking care of their daughter and was proud of his brilliant wife.
Ruth was passionate about women’s rights and argued six landmark cases on gender equality before the United States Supreme Court. Then she became the second female Supreme Court Justice in the country’s history.
There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. “If I’m asked, when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court, I say, ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked---but there have been nine men, like forever and nobody’s ever raised their eyebrows at that.” Even in her eighties, Ruth used to do twenty push-ups every day and had become a style icon, thanks to the extravagant collars she wore in court with her judge’s robes.
BORN MARCH 15, 1933 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA