The Notorious RBG


Americana Series #5

“I ask no favor for my sex. … All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” Sarah Grimke, 1830, noted abolitionist.

The Notorious RBG, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is an American Heroine and was the second female nominated as Supreme Court Justice. She’s used her WIT, WISDOM and WORDS to overturn the judicial systems of old. Justice Ginsburg has fearlessly, tirelessly and victoriously argued for and educated new generations of law makers on GENDER EQUALITY and WOMENS’ RIGHTS.

RBG’s rise to success was never an easy one. 2 days before She graduated high school as VALEDICTORIAN, Ruth’s mother died. RBG tells in Her autobiography “MY OWN WORDS” that her mother had always taught Her to “Be a Lady” and to be “Independent”. “Meaning, don’t give way to emotions that zap your energy. Take a deep breath and speak calmly.” 

After graduating TOP OF HER CLASS at Columbia Law School (She had to leave Harvard two years earlier for Her husband’s law career in NY), Ruth Bader Ginsburg received NO JOB OFFERS after graduation. No law firm wanted to take on, although brilliant, a JEWISH FEMALE MOTHER. “Being a woman was an impediment” she said in the documentary of her life: “RBG”.

And so, RBG began Her fight to the top. As a law professor, She took on the first gender discrimination case of the Supreme Court.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg created the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project that by 1974 had argued in over 300 GENDER DISCRIMINATION cases. The Notorious RBG Herself argued and won 5 gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. 

In 1993, She accepted the nomination of Supreme Court Justice.  Justice Ginsburg has very publicly let it be known her thoughts on the SUPREME COURT needing to be ALL WOMEN.

“Equality means that all get the same freedoms to choose.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the most ICONIC pop culture phenomenons. Popularity fueled by Her increasingly more powerful and courageous judicious DISSENTS, made more visual with Her fashion statement necklaces. 

Pins, socks, jewelry, pandemic masks, action figures, Christmas ornaments, clothing, you NAME it – are regularly made in Her likeness. SNL skits, films and many books (even childrens’ books) have been written about this SUPREME Court Justice.

RBG has also been awarded MANY cultural awards and titles including: “100 Most Powerful Women“, Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year 2012, and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

But Justice Ginsburg is so MUCH more than a pop icon: at age 87, She is the oldest sitting judge in Herstory. And She has NO plans on stepping down, as she WORKED HARD to get where She is.

“I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As She took being a Lady seriously, Justice Gansburg remained best of friends with another Supreme Court justice from the other side of the bench. Reminding that at the end of the day, no matter what side you stand on, we’re all One. (Now, that’s Grace!) 

Pop culture and the media started calling Ruth Bader Ginsburg “THE NOTORIOUS RBG” and crowning Her image similarly to late rapper Christopher “Biggie” Wallace’s (AKA, “The Notorious B.I.G.’s) famously regal ALBUM COVER.  Of this new shared moniker, RBG said that She had a lot in common with Biggie, She understood him because they were “both from Brooklyn.”

Embodying the Divine Feminine, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made HUGE strides for EQUALITY on this Earth, striving to make it common that ALL are treated equally and fair. Named for (the ever loyal to the Feminine) Ruth, of the Old Testament, “The Book of Ruth” prophetically begins: “In the days when the judges ruled.” And like that “Woman of Noble Character”, The Notorious RBG has proven to be like Her namesake, Ruth, as well as Lady Justice (, of Whom our judicial system is theoretically SUPPOSED TO ASPIRE TO. 

So, when in your life have you bravely spoken your own dissent?  Who in your life taught you the liberation of justice? What could do to enlighten others more?

GP photo by Akira Numajiri, thanks Kiki! Digital enhancement by Toni-Rae Moore, thank you!! For more on The Goddess Project: Made in HER Image, see or the Free Sophia Facebook page.

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