Ruth Bader Ginsburg, March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020. Rest in peace.
As I was about to write a Happy Friday Happy Hour post, I turned on my phone and heard the horrible news that we have lost one of our leading lights, one of our wise women, one of our champions of justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
That this should happen now, in a year which seems more like an dystopian apocalypse movie than real life, seems like overkill. If I were editing this script, I’d tell the screenwriter to tone it down a bit. How are we to handle the continued punches?
I don’t know. First, maybe, we honor and mourn RBG. I will watch the film. I will find a biography and read it. I will learn more specifically what she stood for and try to be more like her. Because we need to pick up the banner and carry it forward, people.
We can dissent: When we see injustice, we dissent! When we see lack of empathy, we dissent! When we see cruelty and shaming and ruined lives, we dissent!
As women (and as male advocates), we can fight for the rights that she strove so long and hard to win and protect. We can stay informed. We can march once this pandemic is over. We can write. We can lift our voices in the vast internet-sphere. We can create. We can study. Some of us may even decide to study law.
I’m not drinking alcohol at the moment, but I will lift my mug of lavender chamomile tea to this amazing, inspiring, brilliant woman. RIP RPG.
has not left us alone in the darkness, fumbling, terrified.
We have each other.
Look ahead, envision the world sparkling anew
after a terrible storm.
Let’s not despair. There is no valor in it.