The first Sisterhood Maj Jongg tournament of the year was a huge success. A big thanks goes to Phyllis Bigelson and to all of the people who volunteered their time and talents to make the day go smoothly.
This coming month is filled with great Sisterhood events. Starting with Sunday morning, October 14th. Join us in the TAS Sanctuary at 9:30am (come early for coffee and bagels) to hear Fran Lapides from the League of Women Voters demystify the November Ballot Measures. Click here to view the flyer.
On Thursday evening, 6pm, October 25, 2018 get ready for a yummy meal, entertainment and practical information on organizing - all of that and more at the Sisterhood Paid-Up Membership "Brunch for Dinner". Your Paid-Up Sisterhood Membership or Friends of Sisterhood Membership is your ticket to the event. Please click here for more information. You don't want to miss this event. So if you aren't a Sisterhood member or a Friend of Sisterhood or if you haven't renewed your membership yet, there is still time - sign up or renew your membership online today.
Make your holiday shopping list and mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28th, the Sisterhood Holiday Boutique. With lots of vendors to choose from you can find something for everyone on your holiday list.
“I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I hope that in all the years I have the good fortune to continue serving on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States I will have the strength and courage to remain steadfast in the service of that demand.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This week we proudly feature Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, brilliant jurist, champion of women’s rights and gender equality.
Joan Ruth Bader was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Jewish American parents whose families immigrated from Russia. She graduated first in her class from Cornell University. She attended Harvard and then Columbia Law Schools, made Law Review at both schools and graduated Juris Doctor from Columbia, tying for first in her class. Ginsburg began her career as a research associate at Columbia Law School, and she eventually became the first woman to be hired there with tenure. During that time, she campaigned for women’s rights and became active in the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1972 she became the first director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project. In 1980 President Carter appointed Ginsburg Judge of the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and she remained there until 1993 when President Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she continues to work for women’s rights and civil liberties.
Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court's landmark decision in United States v. Virginia in 1996. The decision held that Virginia Military Institute, a state-supported school, could not refuse to admit women. In 1999, she received the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award for her contributions to gender equality and civil rights.
Ruth Ginsburg has received much recognition and many awards. One of the lesser-known honors was given to her by the scientists at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History when they named a species of praying mantis “Ilomantis ginsburgae” after her. The name was selected because the neck plate of the Ilomantis ginsburgae resembled a ruffled collar, which Justice Ginsburg is known for wearing. In addition, this was the first time that a new species was identified based on characteristics of the female of the species and not only those of the male. And so the species name also honors Ginsburg's "relentless fight for gender equality," according to a press release from the museum.
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