March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020
I don’t do this often (ever), but I don’t have anywhere else to put this sadness so I am going to do a short post. One of my few heroes, and one our nation's truest leaders, passed away today and I am devastated. I wanted to send the notification I received on my watch back. I don’t want it to be true. I am not ready for RBG to leave this earth. Especially right now as we needed her more than ever.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a life of integrity and fought her whole life to make sure that women had equal rights. Every time I saw her speak, or I read an article about her, I always felt that she is so full of goodness and we are so lucky that she is here with us, for a while, on this earth. She paved the way for so many women who came after and was still paving the way in myriad ways for all of us, whether we knew it or not.
In a time when so many in government (of both parties) are disconnected from their goodness, corrupt, staying long past their efficacy, or narcissists, RBG had her eye constantly on the prize – how to create a more just and equitable place for us all. She was one of our nation’s best moral compasses. She fought so hard for women and in doing so, she fought hard for all of us. She knew in her core that when we create equality for women, we improve the outcomes for the whole family, and the whole world. She never seemed to forget the importance of the work she was doing and fought hard, through multiple difficult cancer diagnosis, to continue doing it.
Today we lost a bright light. And from her generation of citizens who understood the true meaning of service, I worry that we are losing a lot of light these days. I think this means we all need to try harder and work longer and believe we can keep making things better.
May her memory be a blessing.
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