Ruth
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I generally know the topic of a blog in advance and, today, I expected to urge folks to apply and/or encourage others to apply for the Gotham Green Awards®. Circumstances changed and how. Between dinner and dessert Friday eve, I learned that we lost a veritable national treasure — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “a jurist of historic stature,” according to Chief Justice John Roberts.

 

This distinguished American of humble Brooklyn, New York origins evolved into an icon cherished by her colleagues, including those with whom she disagreed on matters of the law. Witness her celebrated friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

 

I recall no other public figure, particularly a Justice of our nation’s highest court who received pop icon status as the Notorious RBG.

 

Think about the glass ceilings she overcame.

 

Despite glowing recommendation the then distinguished Harvard law review editor got passed over for clerkship by a Supreme Court Justice (She later finished her studies at a Columbia).

 

A role model for so many, I’ll not try to recreate an obituary here (Read the homages by Linda Greenhouse and Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker in yesterday’s New York Times.).

 

Just let’s know we lost the true Wonderwoman.

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  •  Fred wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Wonderful blog about a Wonderwoman!
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    But for her vision, perseverance, commitment, and resilience ...
     
       
     
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  •  Kelly_Welles wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Hail Ruth! We were blessed by her grace, brilliance, wisdom and fortitude. Such giants of humanity are rarely replaced in succession. Ginsburg often quoted Justice Louis Brandeis’s famous line: “The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people. Let us honor her legacy with a roar, empowered by the equality she won for all Americans regardless of race or gender.
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I'm still crying. . .
     
       
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    They are honoring her at Columbia U - a makeshift memorial has surrounded the Alma Mater sculpture.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10158827844406543&set=pcb.10158827845201543

    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10158827844731543&set=pcb.10158827845201543

    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10158827844996543&set=pcb.10158827845201543

     
       
     
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  •  Steven_Lichtenstein wrote 314 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    A brilliant intellect and champion for women’s rights. She was “notorious” for being able to ask the hard questions and as the second female SCOTUS paved the way for many female jurists to ascend to formerly male dominated heights at the federal appellate court level. Her friendship with Antonin Scalia is legendary and just goes to show how people whom we look to for leadership can respect each other even when they don’t agree on everything.
     
       
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 314 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I up loaded some photos from Columbia U this morning where there is a growing memorial to the great RBG.

    https://www.gothamnetworking.com/m/photos/albums/my/add_objects/RIP-RBG/owner/John_Buscarello

     
       
     
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  •  AaronJackson wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thanks for sharing,
     
       
     
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Indeed a Wonderwoman who inspires so many wonderwomen! (and men, too)
     
       
     
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  •  RoyFenichel wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Legal Lioness

    Fearlessly ferocious
    Nobly notorious
    Humbly glorious
    Civilly victorious

    Respectful and strong
    Judicious all along
    Fought hard and long
    Ensuring all belong

    Principled and ivory-towered
    A force for the unempowered
    Stood up to every coward
    Challenged, never cowered

    Equality to send
    Advocacy to lend
    Democracy to mend
    Lady Justice to the end
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    An Amazing woman that paved the way for much in this country. We lost a true gem.
     
       
     
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  •  Nancy_Schess wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    A loss that is indescribable. Such a role model for so many.
     
       
     
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  •  CarlyMeyer wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    A hero for me. A loss for the ages. Truly a special woman, placed on earth for an undeniable purpose
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 314 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The news on the eve of Rosh Hashanah brought my family to tears, my daughter was inconsolable. A woman of valor whose entire legal career was dedicated to "Equal Justice for All". Reading and re-reading her words this weekend inspire us to continue to fight for justice. May her memory be a blessing and a legacy for generations to come. Our sincerest condolences to her family.
     
       
     
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  •  RitaSue_Siegel wrote 313 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I am also a graduate of James Madison HS. RBG is revered there, as she should be.
     
       
     
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  •  ReliableRay wrote 313 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Notorious R.B.G ~ "Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
     
       
     
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