At Elisabethan, we’d like to take a moment and honor the incredible Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a true trailblazer and a big inspiration to many of us here at Elisabethan. Without RBG’s life’s work, we’re honestly not sure if Elisabethan would be the same today.
There are many ways RBG has impacted our daily lives. We’d like to list just a few that some of us may remember while some of us may be learning this for the first time and trust me – your jaw is going to drop.
Look in your wallet. Yup, that credit card with YOUR name on it – Ginsburg made that possible with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. Previously, married women would not be issued bank accounts or credit cards in their own name. Just to put this in context, America sent a man to the moon before they decided it was ok for a married woman to have control of her own money. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act allowed ALL people access to credit – this is huge for the financial independence of women!
There was a day (not too long ago) when you could face a jury of all men because women were considered optional. Some states even argued that due to household and family duties, women should be exempt from juries. Does that sound like a jury of YOUR peers? In 1979, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to require women to be on jury – as their civic duties should be equal to that of a man.
In 1996, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the 7-1 decision in the United States v. Virginia case requiring publicly funded colleges to admit both genders. That’s not that long ago! Again, for context – that’s when Elisabethan was started.
As a woman owned business and simply a business of all women we want to say – Thank you Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your inspirational leadership and incredibly impactful work. We will continue to fight.
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg