Just a day after the White House announced that President Donald Trump would nominate current Solicitor General Theodore Olson to replace Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a letter to her 113th friend in the United States: “Good, Good Friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The U.S. supreme court justice is expected to be confirmed by the Senate to her current position, first on a 5-4 vote, and then to another position later in the year, if necessary. Now we learn that Ginsburg wrote the poem, which reads:“If Ruth can stand amongst Your feet, don’t you think her feet are better She was a foe, she was a warrior She went toe to toe She grasped problems with her marrow To give them fresh openings To guide issues along the way.”
Ginsburg addressed the senator who voted against confirming Garland back in March 2018, according to the Times of Israel’s newswire outpost. Many Republicans were concerned about Ginsburg’s appearance and “partisan bias” as a feminist who took a stand against President Clinton’s impeachment during her Supreme Court confirmation in 1993.
Sen. Harry Reid, who is slated to be the minority leader after Senate Democrats won control of the Senate in the midterms, said he wanted a solution for the “national debate” that had arisen over Ginsburg’s views in regards to how women should be perceived in the workplace.“I’m pleased that Justice Ginsburg has posted her poem. One of the reasons our small minority of the Senate failed to hear her case was that she was opposed to women in positions of power. With that in mind, I hope that Justice Ginsburg makes amends to women out there, not just this fall but in the future, with this inspiring public engagement.”
Ginsburg, 96, has spoken out in favor of numerous women’s causes. Among her most famous past works is her 1970 debut book, Confessions: A Memoir of Women and Their Tasks, which became an HBO documentary titled, In Search of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which focused on the native New Yorker’s controversial views on women in the workplace.
Another Ginsburg book, Breakdown, documented the Black Panther Party, and In Justice is No Justice No Equality, she co-authored with her husband, Marty Ginsburg, focuses on male judges in recent Supreme Court cases.
Ginsburg has sometimes been called a “radical feminist” for her positions on issues as long as 40 years, according to Women’s Media Center. One of Ginsburg’s most celebrated works, for example, Being Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is about the prolific celebrated poet, was released in 1996.
For Ginsburg’s birthday on June 10, The Associated Press released a picture of the 81-year-old justice holding up the cake for her birthday in Washington, D.C.
Ginsburg will always be called “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” in many ways. Whether one agrees with her belief that the Founding Fathers were “radical feminists,” or her assertion that black lesbians are “who these unacknowledged women really are,” she has been willing to stand up for controversial views that still dominate the legal and policy landscape today.[Featured Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images]