Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) - lawyer | supreme court justice

Photo credit: Jenkins, R. Michael, photographer. Ruth Bader Ginsburg at her confirmation hearing / R. Michael Jenkins, Congressional Quarterly. [Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 7-21-93 21 July] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was first in her class at Columbia Law School in 1954 and Columbia’s first female tenured law professor. She co-authored the first law school casebook on sex discrimination and co-founded the first law journal on women’s rights. Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at American Civil Liberties Union. During the 1970s, she argued six landmark cases on gender equality before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU, winning five of the cases. Ginsburg became the second female Supreme Court justice and the first justice to officiate a same-sex marriage. Of her impassioned dissents, she said "I like to think most of my dissents will be the law someday." Ginsburg was the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. 


"Fight for the things you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you." 

"Dissents speak to a future age. The greatest dissents become court opinions and gradually the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow."  

"Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don't do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived."           


Ginsburg, R.B. with Hartnett, M. & Williams, W. W. (2016). My Own Words. 

Sherron de Hart, J. (2020). Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life. 

Carmon, I. & Knizhnik, S. (2015). Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Rosen, J. (2019). Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law. 

Libby Youmans - Artist Statement

Libby Youmans is an artist working in acrylic and mixed media. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Fine Art from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. History and environmental sustainability are of utmost importance to her. Her primary focus is painting portraits. She enjoys putting found objects in her work and giving new uses to items that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. The objects in her work all have a meaning and a backstory including where they came from and where they were found. She finds the process of making art very therapeutic. Libby is currently working on a series of paintings of influential women who have attributes of saints. She finds it important to make these paintings because she wants these women to be icons that generations of people to come can look up to and emulate. Libby would define herself as an atheist who was raised Catholic and has a strong appreciation and sees the value of religion. To make an icon painting, she uses a nine-pointed star from the movie Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky and gold leafing to create a halo. 

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Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman

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