Julianna Margulies on the 10 Women Who Have Changed Her Life
Each month we ask one amazing woman: So who's made you you? Here, Good Wife star Julianna Margulies makes her list.
1. Henrietta Margulies
Lawyer…and my grandmother
She was one of the first women to graduate from NYU School of Law, in 1924. At the time women weren’t allowed to join the bar, so she and a few others started their own: the Bronx Women’s Bar Association. It took courage in those days to be a working, educated woman, but my grandmother would hear of nothing less.
2. Gloria Steinem
Activist and author
Gloria paved the way for so many women. When she was told she couldn’t, she did—with grace and dignity, despite the naysayers.
3. Mary Oliver
In “When Death Comes,” she writes: “When it is over, I want to say: All my life / I was a bride married to amazement. / I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” I hope I can say that at the end of my life.
4. Valerie and Meredith Estess
I’ve known the Estess sisters since their sister Jenifer was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their foundation, Project A.L.S., has raised more than $70 million for a cure; although they lost Jenifer, Valerie and Meredith continue to fight.
5. Christine Baranski
Actress and my costar on The Good Wife
Every year around Christmas, Christine and I go out to indulge in our favorite things: martinis and steak. She is the classiest woman I know. Bar none!
6. Erin Merryn
I met Erin, a survivor of childhood sexual assault, at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards in 2012. She won’t stop until Erin’s Law, which mandates sexual abuse prevention programs in public schools, passes in all 50 states; she’s already passed it in 20.
7. Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. senator (D-N.Y.)
Senator Gillibrand and I met about Erin’s Law, and three days later she called Erin. Which is a way of saying: She gets things done. We need more women politicians like her!
8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
U.S. Supreme Court justice
Everyone knows who she is, and if they don’t, they should. When she was appointed, in 1993, I remember feeling safer as a woman, knowing a voice on the Supreme Court would speak for me.
9. Patti Smith
Musician and author of Just Kids
I first saw Patti in person at the Metropolitan Opera, but I was too tongue-tied to say anything. A year later I was seated with her at a dinner, and I finally introduced myself. I was stunned when she said, “I watch your show every week! I saw you at the opera, but I was too shy to say hello.”
10. Francesca Margulies
Dance instructor…and my mother
My mom championed my choices and loved me unconditionally. I didn’t have the most conventional childhood, but she always believed in me. Sometimes that’s all you need.