She fought for equality for women of all colour, and helped her male colleagues at the US Supreme Court understand discrimination against pregnant workers. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, famously known as “Notorious RBG”, has been an inspiration for many young lawyers and women across the globe. Some Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes we cannot forget are here.

10 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes

10. On the Supreme Court

“When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough (women on the Supreme 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”.

9. On being a lady

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

8. On Abortion Rights

“And when government controls that decision for her, she’s being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices”.

7. On Gender Equality

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

6. On Dissent and Justice

“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view”.

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5. On Managing Emotions

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

4. On Influencing

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

3. On Women in Business

“I remember envying the boys long before I even knew the word feminism, because I liked shop better than cooking or sewing”.

2. On Being a Working Mother

“I had three strikes against me, one I was Jewish, two I was a woman, but the killer was I was the mother of a four-year-old child”.

1. On the Right to Rights

“I don’t say women’s rights—I say the constitutional principle of the equal citizenship stature of men and women”.

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  1. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87, following complications with cancer.  Her death is mourned by many across the nation on both sides of the aisle as Americans remember her unparalleled fight for women’s rights. She also served as a voice of reason, as a Supreme Court leader and as a figure of wisdom whose reach and cultural influence transcended her seat in the high court. 

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