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Top 51 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes (EQUALITY)

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“If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.
So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.

“[I want to be remembered as] someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has…”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.
Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.
Don't be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.
Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.
Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.
Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.
Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one's ability to persuade.
Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

12 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

“I think unconscious bias is one of the hardest things to get at. My favorite example is the symphony orchestra. When I was growing up, there were no women in orchestras. Auditioners thought they could tell the difference between a woman playing and a man. Some intelligent person devised a simple solution: Drop a curtain between the auditioners and the people trying out. And, lo and behold, women began to get jobs in symphony orchestras.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Feminism [is the] notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents and not be held back by manmade barriers.
Feminism [is the] notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents and not be held back by manmade barriers.
I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.
I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.

“My idea of how choice should have developed was not a privacy notion, not a doctor’s right notion, but a woman’s right to control her own destiny, to be able to make choices without a Big Brother state telling her what she can and cannot do.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
The side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.
The side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.

“People ask me sometimes… ‘When will there be enough women on the 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.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.
I didn’t change the Constitution; the equality principle was there from the start. I just was an advocate for seeing its full realization.
I didn’t change the Constitution; the equality principle was there from the start. I just was an advocate for seeing its full realization.

“If you’re a boy and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s OK. We should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I don’t say women’s rights — I say the constitutional principle of the equal citizenship stature of men and women.
I don’t say women’s rights — I say the constitutional principle of the equal citizenship stature of men and women.
A gender line helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.
A gender line helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.

6 InspirationalRuth Bader Ginsburg Quotes About Life

“It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day become the Notorious RBG. I am now 86 years old and yet people of all ages want to take their picture with me.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
I remember envying the boys long before I even knew the word feminism, because I liked shop better than cooking or sewing.
I remember envying the boys long before I even knew the word feminism, because I liked shop better than cooking or sewing.

“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the ’40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.
When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.
We are at last beginning to relegate to the history books the idea of the token woman.
We are at last beginning to relegate to the history books the idea of the token woman.

7 WiseRuth Bader Ginsburg Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

“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. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out.
When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out.
I spent no time fretting, and found a way to do what I thought important to get done.
I spent no time fretting, and found a way to do what I thought important to get done.
You can't have it all, all at once.
You can’t have it all, all at once.
I'm a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.
I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.
You can disagree without being disagreeable.
You can disagree without being disagreeable.
Some of my favorite opinions are dissenting opinions. I will not live to see what becomes of them, but I remain hopeful.
Some of my favorite opinions are dissenting opinions. I will not live to see what becomes of them, but I remain hopeful.

4 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Marriage and Family

“Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf… That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.
In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.
In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other.
In the course of amarriage, one accommodates the other.
It bothers me when people say to make it to the top of the tree you have to give up a family.
It bothers me when people say to make it to the top of the tree you have to give up a family.

6 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Studying Law and the Court

“I tell law students, if you’re going to be a lawyer & just practice your profession, you have a skill — very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself, something that makes life… better for people less fortunate…”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.
I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.
My dissenting opinions, like my briefs, are meant to persuade. And sometimes one must be forceful about saying how wrong the Court is.
My dissenting opinions, like my briefs, are meant to persuade. And sometimes one must be forceful about saying how wrong the Court is.

“Indeed, in my lifetime, I expect to see three, four, perhaps even more women on the High Court Bench, women now shaped from the same mold, but of different complexions.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I feel great that I don’t have to be the lone woman around this place.
I feel great that I don’t have to be the lone woman around this place.
Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked.
Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked.

4 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on the United States of America and Peace

“We children of public school age can do much to aid in the promotion of peace. We must try to train ourselves and those about us to live together with one another as good neighbors for this idea is embodied in the great new Charter of the United Nations. It is the only way to secure the world against future wars and maintain an everlasting peace.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We are a nation made strong by people like you.
We are a nation made strong by people like you.
The greatest statement of equality is in the Declaration of Independence, written by a slaveholder.
The greatest statement of equality is in the Declaration of Independence, written by a slaveholder.
Yet what greater defeat could we suffer than to come to resemble the forces we oppose in their disrespect for human dignity
Yet what greater defeat could we suffer than to come to resemble the forces we oppose in their disrespect for human dignity?

2 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Living with Cancer

“Justice O’Connor had set the model. She had breast surgery and she was on the bench nine days after her surgery. She said, ‘Now, Ruth, have your chemotherapy on a Friday. That way, you have the weekend to get over it.'”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months. That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead. And I am very much alive.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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