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Carrying on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy — through foreign policy

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

How Feminist Foreign Policy legislation can combat the gendered effects of COVID-19.

This piece was originally published in the The Hill.

Hundreds of teary-eyed mourners shuffled in what seemed like a never-ending line a few blocks down the street from where I live and work from home. They were there, of course, to pay respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lay in repose on the steps of the Supreme Court. 

Some, to be sure, followed Justice Ginsburg’s career closely, as she chiseled away at the injustices that plague our judicial system. Others, donning lace-collared masks reminiscent of the justice’s signature look, may have found her in her newly found fame as a pop culture icon deemed affectionately as the "Notorious RBG."

With her passing, many are not only mourning the life of a woman who crossed ideological lines with her friendship, dissented in some of the most influential cases of our time, or inspired hilarious "Saturday Night Live" sketches. They — we — are mourning the possibility of a better and more just future for women, people of color, LGTBQAI+ folks, and other marginalized groups that are on the receiving end of discriminatory laws in the United States.

Fortunately, RBG was and is not the only one in the struggle for social justice. I think she would be proud of Representatives Jackie Speier, Barbara Lee, and Lois Frankel, who introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives this week that could help women both here in the United States and abroad claim their rights. 

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