America's Birthday Present - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Happy Fourth of July, everybody! It's sunny and 90 degrees here in beautiful Los Angeles.  We're heading over to a friend's house to drink, barbecue, and celebrate our wonderful country, as all good Americans should do. I hope it's suitably sunny, hot, and happy wherever you are!

Even in light of the frustrating Supreme Court ruling this week on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, I am still so proud to be an American. And with women like the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg representing us, I'm even more proud to be an American WOMAN.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo courtesy of USA Today.
Obviously Justice Ginsburg is getting a lot of media coverage this week for her dissent against the Supreme Court's 5-4 (five men vs. four women, by the way) ruling that the government can't require employers to provide insurance coverage for certain methods of birth control and emergency contraception if they conflict with the company's religious beliefs (Who knew companies could have religious beliefs?). Although I'm bummed about the ruling, I'm thrilled at the exposure this woman is getting. RBG (as her cult following calls her) deserves to be written up in the history books as an American hero. She has been an advocate for equality and female rights for a long time now. And it's not just through her court opinions and interviews - she herself is a shining example of equality. RBG was one of eight women in a class of 500 at Harvard. She was the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. She was Columbia's first female, tenured professor. This woman lived it, you guys. She believes in equality with every fiber of her being and has worked hard to prove it, using herself.

And when RBG got to a place of power, she started using it! She led the historic Women's Rights Project for the ACLU, arguing a number of cases before the Supreme Court. Her work with the ACLU included litigating sex discrimination cases, such as cases where school teachers' jobs were threatened when they became pregnant. President Bill Clinton wisely appointed her to the Supreme Court in 1993, and she's been helping the government make our country a better place for women (and all Americans) since then.

Justice Ginsburg is 81 years old, and she is still rocking that bench like nobody's business. Isn't that positively amazing? And can you imagine feeling such insane pressure to not retire? Or even die? The future of women's rights literally hangs on this woman staying on the Supreme Court. That's so much pressure!

Anyway, all of this is to say - RBG is one of our great nation's treasures. And I'm happy to celebrate her - along with the rest our wonderful country - on this American Holiday.

Here are some ways you can celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg and learn a little more about her:
  • Read her bio here. Or a million other places on the internet.
  • Read Mother Jones' favorite quotes from RBG's dissent. 
  • Check out this hilarious tumblr called The Notorious RBG. So good!
  • Watch this video where a guy took RBG's dissent and put it to music.
  • Buy this tshirt and support RBG and Planned Parenthood. 

PS. Right now I'm obsessed with this Jezebel piece.