Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a force to be reckoned with.
In celebration of such an incredible woman we owe so much, we want to share a few ways to continue her legacy and support the causes she fought for. May she rest in peace, and may she always be remembered as, "Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has." -RBG
Advocate for Gender Equality
RBG was a huge champion of gender equality and women’s rights. In 1973 she convinced an all-male Supreme Court that enforcing sex-stereotypes violated the Constitution; she helped protect pregnant workers from discrimination and pushed tirelessly for equal pay.
As an individual, she broke down many barriers in her profession, which is overwhelmingly dominated by men. It is only fitting that we start our list with ways to continue fighting for gender equality:
Support these three awesome organizations that fight for gender equality by donating, signing up for their newsletters to get the latest updates, and taking action with them.
- UN Women
- National Women’s Law Center
The National Organization for Women
Fight for girl’s rights to their bodies, help ban child marriage, end the practice of female genitalia mutilation, and let women have access to healthcare.
Help expand protection for pregnant workers during this unprecedented time.
Encourage Women in Leadership
It’s no question that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was passionate about women getting involved in politics and having a voice. She was just the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, out of a total of four in history, and we owe it to her to commit to her dream—there won’t be enough until there are nine.
Get involved with organizations that support women in politics:
- She Should Run
- Higher Heights for America
Did you know that when women run for office, they are elected at the same rate as men? And yet, they don’t run at the same rate. Women feel underqualified and are often not encouraged or asked to get involved in politics. Help solve that problem and ask a woman you know to run!
Support the ACLU’s Work
RBG co-founded and directed the work of the ACLU Women's Rights Project from its conception in 1972 until she was appointed to the federal bench in 1980. By 1974, the Women's Rights Project and ACLU affiliates had participated in over 300 sex discrimination cases with her help. Their work remains critical and deserves support.
Expand Education for Girls
The educational achievements of RBG are almost too many to list: she graduated top of her class from Cornell, was just one of nine women in the 500-person class at Harvard where she served as the first female member of the Harvard Law Review, and then later became the first-ever person to serve on both Harvard and Columbia law reviews. Access to quality education is critical to advancing gender equality.
Donate to organizations that support girls’ education worldwide:
- Malala Fund
- Girl Up
Amplify and champion the voices of girls through the HerStory Campaign which works to cultivate modern literacy skills and foster self-advocacy.
Volunteer with Black Girls Code to increase the number of young Black women in STEM.
Above all, we need to vote this year to keep fighting for the causes RBG championed. Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her life to advocating for equality --we owe it to her and to ourselves to get to the polls this year and keep up the fight.
- Make sure you are registered to vote here.
- Help the national shortage of poll workers by signing up as a poll worker.