Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87, due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. A staunch advocate for women's rights, Ginsburg became known for her progressive votes on a plethora of important issues, including same-sex marriage, abortion, affirmative action, and healthcare.
Here, we round up some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's most unforgettable quotes, in tribute to the feminist icon and her important legacy.
On women's rights
"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."—Via the ACLU.
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."—A 2009 interview with USA Today, via CNN.
"People ask me sometimes, when—when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the [Supreme] Court? And my answer is when there are nine."—Speaking at Georgetown University, via PBS.
"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."—From an interview with Literary Hub.
"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."—Via the ACLU.
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.'"—From a 2016 interview with CBS This Morning.
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