Reactions To Ruth Bader Ginsburg From Mothers & Daughters Prove Her Enormous Legacy
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's mother died of cervical cancer one day before RBG graduated high school, and in 1993, when she accepted her spot on the Supreme Court, RBG said, "I pray that I may be all that (my mother) would have been had she lived in an age when women could aspire and achieve and daughters are cherished as much as sons." Suffice it to say, she absolutely was all that her mother could have — and would have! — been, and it's this legacy that has mothers and daughters reacting to RBG's death with reverence and gratitude.
I have two little girls, and the news of RBG's death at 87 last night made my stomach drop. The loss is devastating in so many ways to so many people, but I know I'm not alone in feeling a deep sadness because of my two little girls. RBG changed the status quo. She shook things up. She demanded equality for all, despite not receiving it herself when she was younger. She had to find the balance between work and motherhood, and never took either of them for granted. She was everything a woman could ever hope or want to be, and she did it because of us. She did it for us. For her mother who couldn't, and for the little girls who needed her.
And millions of mothers and daughters around the country know it. These tweets made me cry because they so succinctly describe the relationship we all feel that we have with RBG. She is our protector, our leader, our guiding light — and the reason we're all able to be who we are.
1. She Moved Us Forward
2. She Inspired Us To Dream Big
Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi Biden penned this tweet of gratitude in the few moments after news broke that RBG died, and it just about broke me. There's always a lot of talk about inspiring women and doing what you can, but RBG really is the top of the top. Four battles with cancer, and still she fought. I think we can take up that kind of power and grit, too.
3. Girl Power
4. May All The Little Girls Know Her Name
5. We Take Up The Fight
6. Her Work Spans Generations
9. Our Daughters' Lives
10. Keep Teaching
11. More Secure
12. Our Daughters' Futures Are At Stake
15. So That Our Daughters Didn't Have To
16. There Will Never Be Another
17. All The Little Girls Of The World
18. The Gold Standard
20. Good Care Of Her
Author Irin Carmon, who wrote Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saw her in December 2019 to tell her she was pregnant. And RBG wanted to make sure her husband was still taking care of her, ugh. RBG has talked openly about her marriage to her husband Marty and how they were such a team, and it's such a healthy, inspiring thing for our girls to see.