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Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Rachel Grant

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Biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a leader in all parts of life, written by Wharton MBA student for a course on leadership from the point of view of the whole person.

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Rachel Grant

  1. 1. KNOWLEDGE FOR ACTION TOTAL LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP BIOGRAPHIES: RUTH BADER GINSBERG Rachel Grant
  2. 2. KNOWLEDGE FOR ACTION Born in Brooklyn in 1933 Biographical Overview 2 Admitted to Harvard Law as one of 9 women in a class of 500, but later transferred to Columbia Law due to her husband’s job; First woman on two major law reviews there Co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and became their general counsel President Carter appointed RBG to the US Court of Appeals in 1980 – was dubbed a moderate. President Clinton appointed RBG to the US Supreme Court in 1993 – has been known as the leading member of the court’s “liberal wing”
  3. 3. KNOWLEDGE FOR ACTION Befriending Her Foes • Despite Justice Scalia having such different views, he was RBG’s closest confidant on the Supreme Court. She was able to create a strong relationship where there could have been constant friction and stress. Forming Partnerships • Ruth and her husband Martin publically shared that they strived to be partners in their marriage and equally divide child raising and breadwinning, creating wins in the Home and Work domains. Picking Battles To Win The War • While at the ACLU, and later on the Supreme Court, RBG focused on picking cases that could set a precedent in the court, in favor of the direction she wanted policy to move. This created a win across Self and Work by finding a way to fight for her passions in the work place. How RBG Integrated Her Life 2
  4. 4. KNOWLEDGE FOR ACTION Walking the Talk • Many of us share our thoughts on subjects such as gender equality, but few of us have the power or the courage to do anything about it at a greater level. RBG gave us an example of how woman can strive to create change. Life Is A Give And Take • Throughout her marriage, RBG made many sacrifices for her family – switched law schools, helped her husband finish school while raising kids when he was sick – yet she was luckily in a situation where she could take advantage of her own personal moments to shine. It highlighted to me that life isn’t a zero-sum game and there’s room for all to gain. Lessons Learned 2

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