The World Can Only Imagine

Nevaehona Williams

We all know the late legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She did so much for women’s rights and sex discrimination. If it wasn’t for Justice Ginsburg, employees would be discriminated against because of their gender. Ginsburg made it where when you go for a job interview, they cannot discriminate against your skin color. She also fought so that state-funded schools must admit women and believed that women should be able to join the same program as men. 

If it wasn’t for Ruth, women wouldn’t have the right to be financially independent. This allowed women to apply for credit cards, bank accounts, and mortgages without a male co-signer. If it wasn’t for Ruth, men would not be able to have the same caregiving and social security rights as women. That means a man wouldn’t be able to take care of his wife or kids because society believes that it’s a women’s job. If it wasn’t for Ruth, juries wouldn’t include women. If it wasn’t for Ruth and some amazing other people fighting, we wouldn’t have gender equality.

I wanted to talk to an adult who understood Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a different perspective, so I interviewed Mrs. Russell on September 24th. The first thing she said about Justice Ginsburg was, “She advocated for the idea that stereotypes about men and women should not limit their opportunities.” That is so true. The stereotypes that society has about men and women should be proved wrong. The second thing she about Justice Ginsburg was, “The freedom she fought for are things I take for granted each day. And, as a mother of 2 daughters, I don’t have to worry about them having less rights than men, and that’s because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” No women should worry about having fewer rights than men. 

To summarize everything else she said, Justice Ginsburg not only gave women rights but a voice; something women rarely had back then and now. She worked very hard to be a champion of people, not just women. Something Mrs. Russell said that really got me thinking was, “I appreciate that her focus was not on personalities, but on principles.” Justice Ginsburg focused on things that made up her beliefs and her beliefs made her decisions. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is power, and so are you.