33 Most Powerful Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 2020 quotes


Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Columbia Law School and served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020.

RBG as she was also popularly called was known to be an advocate for the fair treatment of women and she died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer on the Sept 18 2020 about two months before the US Presidential Election in November.

Her dying wish was ‘not be replaced until a new president is installed.’

Here are some of her powerful quotes.

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

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

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”

“People ask me sometimes…‘When will there be enough women on the court?’ and my answer is: ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

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

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

“You can’t have it all, all at once.”

“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”

“In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”

“A gender line…helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.”

“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.”

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“Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, and resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.”

“If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me.”

“I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.”

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”

“When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.”

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

“Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

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“My idea of how choice should have developed was not a privacy notion, not a doctor’s right notion, but a woman’s right to control her own destiny, to be able to make choices without a Big Brother state telling her what she can and cannot do.”

“Yet what greater defeat could we suffer than to come to resemble the forces we oppose in their disrespect for human dignity?”

“I tell law students… if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.”

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

“Think back to 1787. Who were ‘we the people’? … They certainly weren’t women … they surely weren’t people held in human bondage. The genius of our Constitution is that over now more than 200 sometimes turbulent years that ‘we’ has expanded and expanded.”

“We should not be held back from pursuing our full talents, from contributing what we could contribute to the society, because we fit into a certain mold ― because we belong to a group that historically has been the object of discrimination.”

“No one who is in business for profit can foist his or her beliefs on a workforce that includes many people who do not share those beliefs.”

“Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf …That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.”

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think. Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish was

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” She died on Sept 2020 two months before the US Presidential Election.

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