Caitlin Taylor: Ginsburgs legacy will live on – Monroe Evening News

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The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

About three weeks ago, I visit a friend for a weekend Up North.

When pursuing the downtown Petoskey shops, I noticed a section of pop culture puzzles and ones depicting various public figures. Thats when I spotted RBG.

Kyle enjoys puzzles, and while I generally dont have the patience for them, sometimes its a way to pass the time together especially if I get to pick the theme.

Nevertheless, I put it back, convincing myself I didnt have the extra money to spend on a puzzle that I didnt even know if Id actually complete.

Well, once this weekends news broke, I really wished Id gotten that puzzle.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Notorious RBG died of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the U.S. Supreme Court announced just before 8 p.m. Friday. She was 87.

From being a young attorney convincing a panel of nine male justices to see the Constitution as a feminist document to becoming just the second woman Supreme Court justice to becoming a modern-day feminist icon, RBG will be missed by many generations of women.

Personally, Im pretty bummed.

A century since women achieved the right to vote, RBGs death brings an ironic sadness; she wasnt only a trailblazer in her field, but also a stark proponent for voting rights, particularly as a critic of the Supreme Courts decision to dismantle much of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Throughout her career, RBG became the first person on both the Harvard and Columbia law reviews; fought for equal pay at Rutgers Law School; cofounded the first law journal on womens rights; cofounded the first womens rights project at ACLU; won five of six cases argued in front of the Supreme Court; and became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony after giving the majority court ruling in 2015.

Within recent years, shes become a beloved pop culture icon. Certainly, no other Supreme Court justices can say they have their faces on T-shirts, memes or even tattoos.

Im guessing the Notorious RBG Halloween costumes will be out in full force this year.

But its all for good reason: RBG has fought for the type of world that all people want to live in not just women. And shes always been one to say whats on her mind.

Here are some of those notorious words:

People ask me sometimes When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is: When there are nine.

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person; be independent.

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldnt be that women are the exception.

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

Rest in Peace, Notorious RBG. Your legacy will live on.

Caitlin Taylor is representing Womens Vote, Womens Voice, Womens Equality, a group celebrating the 100th anniversary of womens right to vote in her column this week. Contact her at ctaylor@monroenews.com.

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