Hey there ladies,
When I heard on Friday that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died my first response was shock. Fear and anger came next. This stalwart protector of equal rights, and the rights of women in particular, was gone. And I was scared.
Her strong moral compass inspired us. By refusing to back down in the face of an injustice, by saying I dissent, which by definition is not the popular view, she showed us a vision of a society that is in fact possible.
Ginsburg was also a role model for working mothers. I think of the story she told NPR of how when her son was young, if there was a problem the school would invariably call her, never her husband. Finally she said, “This child has two parents. Please alternate calls. It’s his father’s turn.”
So with her gone, what do we do now? Be confident in the knowledge that progress is made in increments. But it is definitely made. So get back up and get in the fight. Because every time you express your opinion in a meeting, or refuse to be mansplained, or insist on being treated with the respect you deserve, you make that progress happen. It’s in you and it’s time to let the tiger out.