From humble Brooklyn beginnings to a seat on the U.S Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is an inspiration to any woman who’s ever aspired to leave her footprint on the world.
Ruth spent years in legal academia, before throwing herself into a powerful career in advocacy. Her impact on the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights is legendary – she has won multiple victories related to this area, arguing before the Supreme Court, and has never been afraid to speak loudly and publicly on matters of injustice.
Ginsberg is one of only four women to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court and credits her mother, Celia, with teaching her the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam – healing the world. Celia “emphasised the sense of social justice that is very often a part of Judaism”. Celia also introduced her daughter to trailblazing Jewish feminists, like Emma Lazarus and Lillian Wold, who she explained were “women of valour by virtue of their courage and humanity”.
“My heritage as a Jew and my occupation as a judge fit together symmetrically. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”