A Tribute to the Notorious

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It was January 26, 2020 when Kobe Bryant passed away and my boyfriend was devastated. He told me it seemed weird to be so sad and upset over someone he had never met in person, but had so admired. Kobe Bryant was my boyfriend’s idol.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was mine.

I remember seeing “On the Basis of Sex” in theaters. I was super excited to see it, but I couldn’t have guessed the impact it would have on me.

The last scene is what sticks with me to this day.

Felicity Jones as a young RBG walks up the steps to the Supreme Court in a blue skirt and jacket. The camera moves and one of the white columns covers the shot for a brief second. When the audience has sight again, we see the real RBG in that same suit. 

I cannot describe the feeling I had when I saw her. I wasn’t expecting to see her in the movie. There was something inside of me that swelled and I burst into tears. I still can’t quite put it into words, but I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.

That feeling in my chest is what has convinced me that I should be fighting for women. That feeling from deep within me is what drives me to keep fighting and pushing for equality. Whenever I need encouragement, I think of that moment.

RBG did a great deal of work for us, and now it is our turn. It is our turn to continue the fight for equality, for our freedoms as they’re under attack today.

This election is so important. We know there is so much at stake. 

It’s really easy to feel hopeless. But we have to remember RBG and everything she stood for and push harder. We need to make sure we elect women who represent us and our interests. We need to continue to support them by donating, sharing, and volunteering and participating so that we carry on this fight.

- Marlena Truong, NWPC OC President


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