Well-behaved women rarely make history. Here’s to all the women who throw out the rule books and dare to live fully and freely. Happy International Women’s Day. Happy 84th birthday to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! The second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and a current Associate Justice, Ginsburg is recognized as being one of the Court’s main advocates for advancing women’s rights under the law. Famous for breaking gender barriers and delivering searing dissents, she has also emerged as a feminist icon in recent years and become known by a new nickname — Notorious RBG.
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When Ginsburg was asked what amendment she would most like to see added to the U.S. Constitution, she replied that she would choose “the Equal Rights Amendment,” noting that when her granddaughters read the Constitution, she would like them to see “that that is a basic principle of our society.” Although more than 80% of countries guarantee gender equality in their constitutions, including, as Ginsburg noted “every constitution written since the Second World War” — the period during which most of the world’s constitutions were written — the world’s oldest written constitution does not include this protection. Hope you like that Well behaved women rarely make history retro poster.
In effect since 1789, the U.S. Constitution was written during a period when gender equality was far from being an important societal value. Over time, the US has passed many laws protecting women’s rights but, as Ginsburg observes, “Legislation can be repealed. It can be altered… That principle belongs in our Constitution.” The Amendment, which was originally drafted by suffragist Alice Paul in 1923, was nearly added to the Constitution forty years ago. It was approved by both houses of Congress and endorsed by then President Richard Nixon in 1972. It then went to the states for approval, but ultimately only received 35 of the 38 state ratifications needed to become a Constitutional Amendment.