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The Dissenter’s Hope

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2020

“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.”

“When I graduated from law school in 1959, there wasn’t a single woman on any federal bench. It wouldn’t be a realistic ambition for a woman to want to become a federal judge. It wasn’t realistic until Jimmy Carter became our president.”

“When I was growing up, there were no women in orchestras. Auditioners thought they could tell the difference between a woman playing and a man. Some intelligent person devised a simple solution: Drop a curtain between the auditioners and the people trying out. And, lo and behold, women began to get jobs in symphony orchestras.”

“Feminism… I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.'”

“It’s a facet of the gay rights movement that people don’t think about enough. Why suddenly marriage equality? Because it wasn’t until 1981 that the court struck down Louisiana’s ‘head and master rule,’ that the husband was head and master of the house.”

“The entering class I joined in 1956 included just nine women, up from five in the then second-year class, and only one African American. All professors, in those now-ancient days, were of the same race and sex.”

“People who think you could wave a magic wand and the legacy of the past will be over are blind.”

“People who have been hardworking, tax paying, those people ought to be given an opportunity to be on a track that leads towards citizenship, and if that happened, then they wouldn’t be prey to the employers who say, ‘We want you because we know that you work for a salary we could not lawfully pay anyone else.'”

“I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”

“I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.”

“I think members of the legislature, people who have to run for office, know the connection between money and influence on what laws get passed.”

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution.”

“It is not women’s liberation, it is women’s and men’s liberation.”

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

“I do hope that some of my dissents will one day be the law.”

All quotes by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thank you for your dedication and life. Rest in Power.

Artwork credit: original oil painting by Simmie Knox

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