The life-changing legacy of RBG

A note from EDC President & CEO Mark Cafferty

“It is so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
—John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent

Politics and parties aside, America lost a true icon, pioneer, barrier-breaker, and a beacon of democracy and justice this weekend. And the impacts of this loss will be felt in all corners of our country, in immeasurable ways. From young women growing up in a nation that has never recognized them as equal, to those asking that their love and relationships be acknowledged and accepted regardless of their sexual preferences, to those who have never been judged by the content of their character because of the color of their skin, to those simply seeking the basic human rights of healthcare and citizenship in a nation that has urged the world to send us its huddled masses yearning to breathe free—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a guardian, a protector and an inspiration.

In such a difficult year, in an age of such divisive politics and rhetoric, during such uncertain and uncomfortable times, she somehow remained a pillar of strength and light. Through all of it. And even when battling cancer for the fifth time, she still seemed invincible. Maybe even immortal.

May her life, legacy, and spirit continue to make us a better nation. And as citizens, may we live up to her expectations, her hopes, and her wishes in the work we do today and in the world we leave for the generations that follow.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
—Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

Words to live by.