Our mom-powered team has been bringing you the Weekly Summit through 2020. We're passionate about creating great adventure essentials and connecting with our community through thoughtfully curated content. This week we went deep. So hide from the kids, grab your coffee and snacks and catch up on everything RBG with the "Snack Break."
“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”
-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week is pretty much all we’ve been able to think about and talk about. What a remarkable woman, and feminist icon, she was. How much she achieved. How hard she fought for equality. How sorely she will be missed. A lionness in our nation’s history. What follows are some of the items we’re reading, listening to and watching.
First, this lovely remembrance by Nina Totenberg, NPR’s legal affairs correspondent, who shared a close friendship with Justice Ginsburg for five decades. It’s an illuminating piece about the woman beyond the robe and famous lace collar; it’s about a true friend, through and through. And here’s another one, from Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter, written about her “Bubbie” before she died. It resonates especially poignantly now. And then a beautiful, if more traditional, obit, too.
Second, the elephant in the room: Justice Ginsburg’s decision not to retire while Obama was in office and the Democrats held the Senate. Had she stepped down then, she would have insured that her successor was someone whose jurisprudential values closely resembled her own. She faced a lot of criticism then, and does so again now, about her decision not to retire sooner. Here’s a closer look at why and an argument that whether she did retire or not isn't even actually the point.
Third, a short but heartwarming look back at the “odd couple” friendship between Justices Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. As well as life lessons to share with our kids about the Queen.
Fourth, a two-part look into Justice Ginsburg’s life and the ensuing battle to fill her now vacant seat from the folks at The Daily, the New York Times podcast.
And, finally, we’re definitely going to be watching, and rewatching, the films made about her life, including an Oscar-nominated documentary that came out in 2018. The scenes of the “Notorious RBG” working out in her super diva sweatshirt are priceless. Anyone else going to do some push-ups and planks now, too?