The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has touched the hearts of many Americans. Her inspirational words will continue to offer wisdom for generations to come.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. This honor is bestowed not only because of her service on the Supreme Court, but because of her legacy of unwavering commitment to equality and justice in our country. She is a role model that will be remembered as she hoped she would be: "I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was able to work with and befriend colleagues whose views were often different than her own. The ability to accept a person as a friend despite your differences is a skill we need in our leaders today. This skill enabled her to be highly successful in her activism. As she herself noted, “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for equality—a value upon which our nation was founded, and yet our nation still struggles to provide for all people. We must continue her fight for equality, and she has offered guidance for us to use:
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.
Don't be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.
This iconic leader urged us to be persistent, to overcome obstacles, to stay positive, and to focus on the goal. Equality. Generations before us have fought for this value. Let us be the generation that makes it a reality for our country. Equality.