Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg's handwritten note to an 8-year-old girl matters — especially now.

A few weeks ago, 8-year-old Michele Threefoot walked into school on "Superhero Day" dressed as her personal hero — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It's superhero day at school. Michele has been reading the heck out of "I Dissent" and decided to dress as Ruth Bader...

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Michele's mom, Krista Wujek Threefoot, posted a photo of her daughter in costume on Facebook.


It has been shared nearly 2,000 times.

The photo even caught the attention of a prominent government official — someone who is a premiere authority on what it means to embody the chic style and scrappy spirit of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg:

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself.

Ginsburg sent Michele a handwritten note praising her costume for its accuracy and encouraging her to keep loving books, the Huffington Post reported.

"Dear Michele," Ginsburg's note reads. "You look just like me! May you continue to thrive on reading and learning."

Needless to say, Michele and her mom were thrilled — and are sending love right back at RBG. "This wouldn’t have gone where it has if [Ginsburg] weren’t such an admirable person," Krista told HuffPo.

"I also want to thank her for taking the time to make a little girl really, really happy."

Now more than ever, we need women like Ginsburg in visible leadership roles, encouraging the next generation to rise up and fill their shoes.

California Senator Kamala Harris, one of four female freshmen senators in the new Congress. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein.

For millions of women across America, Hillary Clinton's failure to win the White House showed that, despite decades of struggle in the name of equality, the glass ceiling endures.

Reminders are everywhere: American women continue to earn less than men, women made up only 20% of the last U.S. Senate and 19.3% of the last Congress, and women report having a harder time securing mentorship than their male colleagues.

Mentorship from women who have defied the odds can make a difference.

It can make a difference even on a small scale, like a simple, encouraging note received at a young age.

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Ginsburg's "thank-you" letter won't change the world, but it just might give one young woman the courage to grow up and fight the good fight.

That matters.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

It first appeared on the Facebook page FCKH8 and a representative told Gawker that the letter was given to them by Chad, the 16-year-old boy referenced in the letter.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."