They say -
Be the Lion.
Do not follow others.
Make your own path and create your own impact on this Planet.
Be the change you want to see in this world -as Gandhi said - and bring your unique vibes to shape the world.
Lets speak about a woman who dared to stand out and be the first one.
- First in class graduated in Law in Columbia University in 1959.
- First female member of the Harvard Law Review.
- First female professor at Columbia University.
- Co-founder of the Women's Right Law Reporter, the first law journal in US to focus exclusively on women's rights in 1970.
- Co-author of the first law school casebook on sex discrimination.
But check out the other side of the story:
- She was first in her class but still she had difficulty to find job because of her gender.
- She was the first female professor at Columbia University but she received less salary for the same job than the male professors.
But she did not give up:
Until 2018, She had not missed a day of oral arguments, not even when she had chemotherapy of pancreatic cancer, nor when she had surgery for colon cancer, nor when her husband passed away.
She held her ground and moved forward slowly but steady. She won cases one by one, attacking specific areas of violation with a broad look of gender discrimination showing that gender discrimination is harmful both for male and female. She successfully argued 6 landmark cases before the US Supreme Court, where she has been appointed to be Associate Justice by Bill Clinton in 1993.
Her wise and slow movement brought changes into the law system. She attained a reputation as a skilled advocate and her work led directly to the end of gender discrimination in many areas of the law.
This post is dedicated to the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the greatest advocate against Gender Discrimination.
A3, pencil drawing