September 25, 2020

Dear Prescott students, families, and friends,

The Sunday after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died, I visited a Holocaust Museum special exhibt on her life and contributions. I learned so much about her as a champion for equal rights under the law and gender discrimination.

She earned her nickname, The Notorious RBG , as a titan to defend women’s rights. Thanks to her, major legal changes allowed women access to jobs, ownership, housing, education, and much more.

Our children need to learn about her contributions and ways that our children– girls and boys– benefit from equal protection under the law. Share with your family examples in your life that the quotes and stories below inspire in you:

When asked what advice RBG would give girls and young women, she said , “Fight for things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you .” –Jonathan Zimmerman in the Chicago Tribune

When she argued her first case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States, RGB said in an interview: “I didn’t dare eat anything because I was afraid I wouldn’t keep it down. Of course, I was very nervous. I had the first sentence written out, memorized. And then I looked up at the bench and through, “Here are the most important judges in the country, maybe the world, and they have to listen to me. I have a captive audience.” And suddenly, instead of getting nervous, I had a sense of empowerment. I knew a lot more about gender discrimination than the nine [justices] of them did. ” — Heidi Stevens from Chicago Tribune

Erin Roche


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