14 Things We Learned About the 'Notorious RBG'
Mar 15, 2019
Even though Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a major powerhouse and trailblazer in the American legal system for more than five decades, it seems as though Ginsburg is garnering more attention now than ever before.
This attention is mostly tethered to the wildly successful Tumblr titled "Notorious R.B.G" — a spin-off of fellow Brooklynite rapper, Notorious B.I.G.— which highlights the justice's most feminist moments in time and consequently, catapulted her to pop culture fame.
In 2015, law student Shana Knizhnik and MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon kicked authored a book about the RBG's life using her newfound moniker titled "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
In 2018 alone, the self-proclaimed "flaming feminist" inspired two major motion pictures. The documentary titled RBG released in May 2018 painted an "intimate portrait of an unlikely rockstar" and was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Meanwhile, Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer starred in a dramatization called of her groundbreaking case fighting for equal rights for women and her confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. On the Basis of Sexraked in a whopping $30.5 million dollars at the box office.
Now, Ginsburg's legacy will serve as an inspiration to millennial women and feminists everywhere thanks to the men and women who have highlighted her incredible legal career.
Check out 14 fun facts about the flaming feminist's life below.
1. The "Notorious RBG" Tumblr was inspired after a game-changing dissent
After Ginsburg's dissent in Shelby County v. Holder, which denied the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to continue to discriminate against poor and minority voters at the polls, the Tumblr was created and thus, took the Internet by storm.
2. Death did not interfere with RBG's accomplishment
Ginsburg experienced death a young age, having lost her older sister and her mother before even graduating from high school.
3. She attended Cornell
Thanks to her academic excellence and the savings Ginsburg's mother left behind for her college education, Ginsburg was able to study at the Ivy League university.
4. She was a new mother, wife and a scholar early on
When her daughter was just 1, Ginsburg was only one of nine woman admitted to Harvard Law School. During her second year, her husband, Marty, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
5. She graduated from Columbia Law School
Because of her husband's sickness, Ginsburg transferred to Columbia (where she graduated top of her class) to complete her final year of law school and care for her ailing husband.
6. RBG's first call-to-fame
Among her peers, Ginsburg was referred to as "the smartest person on the East Coast."
7. "You have a husband who earns a good salary"
This was the response Ginsburg received upon being told she would be paid less (as the second-ever female law professor at Rutgers University) than her male peers.
8. She was way ahead of her time
After hiding her second pregnancy because it was forbidden then by law as a 'temporary disability,' Ginsburg pushed to change the law with the successful Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
9. She is a fitness junkie
The Supreme Court Justice can perform 20 push-ups and keeps a consistent workout routine with her trainer.
10. She is a co-founder
Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project at ACLU.
11. She has always been the voice of the people
In addition to speaking up for gender equality, Ginsburg's legacy of rulings on human rights extend to communities and groups often neglected in the eyes of the law.
12. She hasn't cooked a meal since 1980
Her husband Marty, a tax-lawyer turned master chef, took reigns of the food in the household after Ginsburg failed at making a tuna casserole in the first year of their marriage. That was the last time she prepared a meal.
13. Then there were there
Before Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined the bench, Ginsburg was the only female justice of the current group.
14. Beneath it all, she is your typical grandmother
Ginsburg's favorite snack is prunes and she's not thrilled about her granddaughter's nose piercing — she refers to it as, "that thing on your face."
Watch Ginsburg talk about her incredible life story in her exclusive MAKERS profile below: