I cannot contain my excitement! I am going to share my experience seeing the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in person. I have had the honor of being in her presence! I once breathed the same air she did! I literally saw this miraculous queen with. my. own. eyes!
Today, I’m sharing with you all what it was like hearing her speak at Amherst College, and I’ll mention some of the movies/documentaries to also watch about her.
Let’s dive in!
P.S. Please note that I use sarcastic humor throughout this post, in addition to all the descriptive details about the talk! I decided to experiment with a new and more humorous way of writing.
How can I even begin to describe this?
God has been way too good to me. In fact, I’m getting a little suspicious about how well life’s been treating me. First, I get a ticket to see RBG. Next, I use my ticket to see the Supreme Court Justice RBG. Then, I actually see RBG! As you can tell, life has been going a little too good for me. I wonder what new challenge God will throw my way, but for right now, allow me to take advantage of this very rare moment to tell you about one of the most important people in all of history…
If you are unfamiliar with the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, frankly, that’s unacceptable. Where have you been? What have you been doing? Are you not aware of one of the most incredible people in all of mankind who has made mind-blowing achievements for women’s rights? Even the people who live under the rocks have heard of RBG. There’s no excuse not to know her. BUT, if you happen to have accidentally banged your head against the door of ignorance and now have amnesia, below are a few fun ways to familiarize yourself with the queen known as RBG.
Additionally, other biographies, books, videos, etc. are out on the Internet about RBG, so definitely check those out! As you can probably already tell, I’m a huge fan of her quotes!
This documentary speaks about RBG’s life and journey leading up to her current time on the Supreme Court, detailing her astonishing accomplishments for women’s rights. I first learned about RBG through this film. All of her achievements blew me away. RBG has worked incredibly hard for women’s rights, and I do not think I could ever show enough gratitude for what she has done for women in the United States.
This movie, released in 2018, portrays the life of RBG from her beginning time at law school to the some of the first cases she takes before court. I watched this movie within the first week or two that it came out (shoutout to my dad who took me!). Without a doubt, and in a very cliché way, I came out of that movie theater feeling overcome with great admiration and inspiration. RBG undoubtedly surpassed society’s barriers to prevent women like her from pursuing the lifestyle and careers they wanted. Hands down, this is one of my favorite movies ever!
This book not only includes the best quotes from RBG but also those of other powerful women throughout history. Evidently, this perfect coffee table book, or in my case, this perfect bedside table book, gives a little biography about RBG and then lists some of her best quotes. I highly recommend purchasing it! This book currently sits next to my bed, and it’s very uplifting.
The entrance you have been waiting for.
Now for the best part: On October the 3rd, the gracious Lord bestowed to me the most generous gift of seeing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Amazing! As a student at Amherst College, I was able to get a ticket to see her speak at the Coolidge Cage, essentially a section of our alumni gym building, which was beautifully decorated and well-prepared for her arrival. Since there was not any assigned seating, I waited in line for two hours prior to her entrance, and I was able to get a seat that had a fairly good view of her. As I long as I tilted my head a little, I could see her head.
RBG spoke for about an hour and a half, ranging from topics such as her personal life to her opinions about the current times. She did not talk about any current Supreme Court cases. To see the exact talk and read more articles written by the college, click here! Any further details about her talk can also be found on the Amherst College website.
Before she came into the auditorium, I told the person sitting on my right that I would most likely cry when she arrived, so as to not worry her. I assured her that I would cry in silence, too, so that I wouldn’t disturb those around us. Of course, I was right, and when I saw RBG in her shiny red blazer begin walking up the stairs to the platform, I began to tear up like the overly-emotional person that I am. I came through with my promise though, and I didn’t cry out loud.
President Biddy Martin, Amherst College’s President, interviewed RBG for most of the talk. At the end, a few students, faculty, and staff asked her some questions. Someone asked her what job she would choose if it weren’t for her current one; she responds that she wished she could have been a diva! The crowd erupted in laughter when she said this.
RBG shared that she has faith in the current generation and that they give her hope. It was a very sweet thing to have witnessed her saying this. In every answer, she was incredibly thoughtful. She seemed to think pensively about every answer before she spoke. When someone asked her about advice for students at Amherst, she responded that people should listen more before they speak. I have often thought back to this sentiment many times.
Overall, I am in disbelief that I even had the chance of seeing RBG. Her talk was more than amazing—I can’t describe it enough. I am incredibly grateful to God, to Amherst, and, of course, to the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for having come to campus.
As I recover from seeing RBG, I hope you all have been doing well! Fall has officially kicked in around here, and I am so excited for all the changes yet to come. Ironically, I do not favor the cold; however, fall brings a lot of tasty and seasonal goodies, like everything pumpkin spice, so I deal with the chilly weather.
Always remember to keep positive! You got this! Have a wonderful week.
Quote of the post:
“The side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.”
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg