Thursday, April 21, 2011

WEGO Health Activist Prompt 21: Inspiring Examples

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For the month of April I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompts. If you'd like more information or want to participate, too, please visit: Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.

Today's WEGO Health Activist Writing Month Prompt is: "Free write about someone you admire."

One of the women I most admire in the world is United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In fact, on my social networking sites my user name is "whatwouldruthdo." A subtle nod of respect and admiration.

She went to law school at a time when very, very few women were admitted. She was treated as less serious than her male counterparts. She has openly shared that Harvard Law was a hostile for women at that time. Despite the challenges, she made law review at both Harvard and then later at Columbia, which she transferred to in order to finish her JD.

Ginsburg and women like her paved the way for women of my generation. In contrast to the rampant sexism she has faced throughout her career, my law school class was evenly divided between men and women. Though I'm sure certain men still hold some of those archaic opinions, I never felt any of the women I was in school with were treated differently than the men. And if they had been I feel comfortable assuming harsh action would have resulted from that biased behavior.

To learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, please visit: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Oyez Project and Tribute: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg & the WRP Staff.

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