Ruth Bader Ginsburg was no stranger to adversity.
As a student of Harvard Law School in the mid-1950s, she was asked by the dean of the college why she and the eight other women in her class were taking up seats that could be filled by male students. Ultimately leaving Harvard, she went on to graduate from Columbia Law at the top of her class — yet, was rejected from every position she applied to. And in one of her first jobs, as a member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School, she discovered she was being paid significantly less than her male colleagues. (Her protests over this earned a raise not only for herself, but for other female faculty members, as well.)
Of course, that barely skims the surface of the number of battles the late-Supreme Court justice fought. Below, here are nine RBG quotes that sum up her extraordinary resilience and dedication to change — two elements of her legacy that we must embody ourselves in the days to come.