The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg contains a multitude of chapters that far exceed the entire novel of nearly everyone else.
There are chapters like the one on her battle to graduate from college, overcoming sexism and tragedies which would have made most people quit. A chapter on her unyielding love for her husband, changing schools when he got sick with cancer. Supporting him in his time of need, raising their children, all while graduating from one of the most prestigious law schools in America.
Her amazing climb up the hierarchy of the legal world to become the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court, a Jewish one at that. (Today is Jewish New Year)
Her example of civility and dignity to those who she did not share philosophy with. She and Justice Antonin Scalia were best of friends, even though they could not be further apart as Supreme Court Justices.
Her role as one of the greatest champions of civil rights in the last 100 years. Fighting each and every time she took the bench to help us form a more perfect union, one that included opportunity for everyone.
The toughness and grit she showed in her battles with cancer. Often leaving the hospital to be found in the work out facility just hours later.
Those would all be great chapters, but I contend that the best are still to come. The physical form of Ruth Bader Ginsburg died tonight, but her spirit has been unleashed upon millions.
There are the members of the LGBTQ community who have opportunities in 2020 that seemed nearly impossible just a generation ago.
There are people of color and other marginalized communities that now have protections in place that will help them flourish, which will make the world better for all of us.
There are the millions of young women out there rising to positions of power armed with the rightful belief that they can be and do whatever they set their minds too.
So yes, mourn and be sad tonight. The world has lost a giant, who can never be replaced.But smile a little too.
Because there is an army coming of those she created, those she inspired, and those she unchained. They are fiercely armed with her spirit, ready to take over her unfinished work. In so many ways, the life she led means that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will never die.
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