The best way to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to share her legacy with the next generation. The feminist icon may have passed away last week at the age of 87, but she lives on in the hearts and minds of multiple generations of Americans, especially women.
In the 1970s, the young Ginsburg "convinced the entire nation, through [her arguments at the] Supreme Court, to... adopt the view of gender equality where equal means the same -- not special accommodations for either gender," Abbe Gluck, a Yale Law School professor and former clerk of Justice Ginsburg, told ABC News.
However, Ginsburg's influence extends far beyond those who admired her during the feminist movement of the '70s.
Ginsburg was an inspiration to millions right up to her passing. She resonated with younger groups as a pop culture icon and the subject of countless memes. She was even the subject of several "Saturday Night Live" sketches starring the brilliant Kate McKinnon.
"I think it is absolutely extraordinary that Justice Ginsburg was both a hero to the women of the 1970s and then an icon to the little girls of today," Gluck noted. "She was an amazing teacher and her influence remains with me today and will remain with me forever."
In 2016, Ginsburg was the subject of a children's book, "I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark," by Debbie Levy. The book gave young readers the opportunity to learn about the justice from her childhood to the Supreme Court.
To honor Ginsburg's legacy after her passing, parents have been sharing photos of their daughters dressed as the Justice on social media to show how her legacy won't soon be forgotten.
The "I Dissent" book clearly had a powerful influence on young women.
Our daughters were all #RuthBaderGinsburg that day. After we read “I Dissent, RBG Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy 👍… https://t.co/65VJDUgs5b— jessica.zeaske (@jessica.zeaske)1600547101.0
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here is my daughter last year at 8 years old dressed as RBG for superhero day. She read a… https://t.co/PZFVC91cML— SONJAY (@SONJAY)1600534062.0
Ginsburg was a popular subject for young girls to cover in book reports.
@nwayne66 I cried like I had lost an actual friend. My kids, friends and family all started texting me because the… https://t.co/7eVkWJB7Kn— Michele 💙🇺🇸🌎 (@Michele 💙🇺🇸🌎)1600481688.0
When my daughter was in 2nd grade they had to do a wax museum program. Each child had to dress up as someone who th… https://t.co/b4zU0KfScH— 💖Amanda🌎♻️⚜ (@💖Amanda🌎♻️⚜)1600478808.0
When your daughter chooses to dress up as #RBG for book week..I really could not be more proud or hopeful for the f… https://t.co/z7rjugD9Ax— Dr Karen Williams MPH FRANZCP (@Dr Karen Williams MPH FRANZCP)1600732024.0
@RealMickFoley Proud moment when my daughter chose RBG for her second grade class project on influential Americans.… https://t.co/romNjX5mh1— Robert Hackney (@Robert Hackney)1600473598.0
Ginsburg has left behind generations of women who aspire to be a Supreme Court justice.
Our daughter @leylafern10, chief justice at @JBSchool, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom she met last summer. https://t.co/WaVMXVEVDp— Chris King (@Chris King)1600485392.0
Thank you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for inspiring my little girl to aspire to be a Supreme Court Justice when she grows… https://t.co/siTZyNKJsq— Carrie Goldman (@Carrie Goldman)1600476554.0
My daughter Maya as her shero RBG. https://t.co/dIMQG4wgnf— Paul Friedmann (@Paul Friedmann)1600473600.0
RBG is an inspiration even to the youngest of girls.
This is my daughter, 2 years ago. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero in our house. She was everything I’m not, but alway… https://t.co/W3CaKY9GtI— Dinah (@Dinah)1600481882.0
"Dissents speak to a future age," Ginsburg once said. "It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow."
Ginsburg was known for her powerful, dissenting opinions and if her long-term goal was to provide a true north for those who came after her, her mission was clearly accomplished. RBG may have thought she had more work to do when she passed, but there's no doubt that it will be achieved by those she's inspired to follow in her footsteps.
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