I just watched RBG (2018), a documentary on the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I highly recommend you to go and watch it if you haven’t already. It’s an interesting portrait about Justice Ginsburg that summarize how she laid the legal landscape to address the numerous issues in gender laws.
There is an element that particularly touched me while viewing the movie. It’s about the relationship between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg (June 10, 1932 – June 27, 2010). You see, after he graduated from Harvard Law School, the young couple moved to New York City because that’s where Martin Ginsburg found a job at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Ruth Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School to follow her husband.
However, later in their career, when it became clear that Justice Ginsburg found her battles and integrated the D.C. Circuit, the couple moved from New York City to Washington. This is a great example of the balance in a relationship, where both partners are considered equal and the decisions are taken together.
Overall, the documentary mentions multiple times that the relationship between Justice Ginsburg and her husband was of love, complicity and equality. I would like to say that he was her biggest fan and supported her relentlessly, bringing a touch of humor whenever needed.
This article is to celebrate all the partners in this world that had or will have the opportunity to support, encourage and empower their spouse. They would have gotten there without them, but it would have been a hell more of a bumpy road.
Martin D. Ginsburg (June 10, 1932 – June 27, 2010)