Remembering the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

America Loses a Champion of Human Rights and Lifelong Public Service

By Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Bridge Philanthropic Consulting

New York (Sept. 23, 2020) — Bridge Philanthropic Consulting joins the country in mourning the death of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We extend our deep condolences to the Ginsburg Family on the loss of their Mother and Grandmother who gave her life to serving her country.

In 1960, when Brooklyn-born Justice Ginsburg was beginning her legal career, she was turned down for a clerkship on the High Court stemming from gender bias, a seed was planted deep inside Justice Ginsburg that resulted in her becoming a lifelong legal advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Thirty-three years after receiving that rejection from the Supreme Court, she became the second female and the first Jewish female justice nominated to the High Court. “My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady. The other was to be independent,” she often said.

She took her mother’s advice to heart; Justice Ginsburg exhibited her willingness to stand up for her beliefs, even when it was not easy or popular. As she continued garnering extraordinary legal victories and steadfast advocacy for women’s rights on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg fellow jurists affectionately and aptly began calling her the “Thurgood Marshall of women’s causes.” Legal scholars consistently credit her body of work with making significant legal advances in civil rights and human rights and combatting discrimination. 

Justice Ginsburg was also widely recognized with awards and honors for her resolute and untiring commitment to philanthropy and service as well as cultural, social, and ethical advances. In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture for her decades of contributions to social justice and equality. She promptly gave her $1 million prize to a charity.Earlier this year, she presented the inaugural Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award to its first recipient. These awards represented but a few of the many created to recognize and laud Justice Ginsburg’s generosity in committing her brilliant legal mind, compassion, and energies to causes that helped to advance indelible change in the world.  

There were many sides to the famous jurist, who became a pop culture figure when she was an octogenarian. Dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.,” a play on the moniker given to Brooklyn-born rapper Notorious B.IG., she accepted the title with humor and grace. When she hung up her robe at the end of the day, she was a fervent patron of the performing arts who had a particular devotion to attending jazz and opera performances. Underneath the robe, she also displayed her flair for fashion through her choice of stylish clothing that cloaked a small frame with a fiery passion for justice.

BPC is especially touched by her determination to hang on until the end, driven by her love of our country and democracy. Justice Ginsburg represents everything BPC’s mission is about: social justice, social change, and advocacy. BPC will continue to be inspired by her life, her work, her grit, and her unfailing commitment to advancing social change. 

From the BPC Team

“Looking up the meaning of the word “ruthless,” we find it means being “without pity.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took no pity on injustice or inequality in any form: civil, gender, human, racial, or social. Rarely can someone transcend the High Court to become a cultural icon as she became the Notorious RBG. And we admire her for even more; for, in the face of repeated bouts with cancer and what must have been enormous physical pain, she remained a determined standard-bearer, a lightworker. She even passed away on the eve of one of the holiest seasons of her faith. They call her a “tzakeket, a person of great righteousness.” As such, the radiance of her beautiful light will never diminish; it simply beams from a different dimension. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be a “north star” for all of us, and particularly for women and justice workers around the globe for generations to come.”

– Tashion Macon, PhD, MBA Executive Consultant

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s decision to hold her position on the High Court despite the numerous bouts with cancer and the pain she was obviously experiencing symbolizes her commitment to service and to standing up for all of the rights: civil, human, women, racial, and social. Her voice is silenced but her impact will live on for much longer than the 27 years she served this country and the people of America.”

– Jennifer Jiles, Executive Consultant

“Yesterday, we lost another foot solider. Ruth Bader Ginsburg kicked down barriers in the legal profession that showed the world that persistence matters. She made a difference up until death.”

– Delphia York Ridley Emeritus Attorney, State Bar of Texas.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a truly amazing person who fought hard for women rights and never let the anyone forget that “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made” Rest In Peace.”

– Denise Bailey Clark