Jane “Ruth” Bader Ginsburg was a daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. She grew up in New York during the Great Depression. She was a student of Cornell University and later attended Harvard Law School. She later graduated from Columbia Law School where she earned her law degree. She was a wife and mother; and worked full-time fighting for gender equality. She was the first woman to hold a tenured position at Columbia Law School. She presented and influenced numerous cases in front of all-male justices, and won the majority. She fought for equality of both men and women, and had a passion for protecting women’s rights. In 1993, she was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She believed that being a justice should not be influenced by politics. Famous for well-written dissenting opinions, she became highly respected as a female Justice.
She fought cancer for more than twenty years, beating colon cancer and later fighting pancreatic cancer. In 2018, she missed her first day on the Supreme Court bench due to lung cancer. She remained physically active largely due to tough workouts. Although many recognized her as a liberal justice, her decisions were based on her interpretation of the Constitution and not personal or political beliefs. She was an American icon and “feminist hero.”
What I learned and how it influences my life and success after prison:
I learned what an influential trailblazer Judge Bader Ginsburg was. Her contributions, especially as a female, will carry weight for decades, likely centuries to come. I’m inspired by her. She reflects that with persistence, commitment and hard work, negative stereotypes can be overcome. It takes patience and grace, but it can happen. I’m committed to exceeding expectations and defying odds in my own life. I realize the odds aren’t in my favor, but have always been one who strives to prove my adversaries wrong. I will not remain a negative stereotype or statistic; and like Judge Bader Ginsburg, I will gracefully persist forward.