March 03, 2021

I do not know where women would be without Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Politically and personally, she has long been an inspiration for me. I can relate to her position as a woman, an educator, and a dissenter. Most importantly, she has created pathways and defended rights for women that absolutely would not exist in the absence of her work and dedication to true gender equality. I am certain that the opportunities I have had in my life to pursue my professional goals would not be available to me without her work.

I remember the first time I learned about her in the context of pay discrimination based on gender. Her advocacy and innovation in addressing injustices, particularly those that affect women, as well as her consistently elegant and profound dissenting have made her a notorious icon for representing the often pushed-aside voices of women. Her strength and determination ignite the feminist in all of us. As a woman who often finds herself in the position of dissenting, RBG and her legacy have been a constant source of strength and motivation for me. Her life’s work deserves to be honored and her work on the progress left to make for women’s and workers’ rights furthered.

 

Jenna Reynolds, Educator


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