Ginsburg for Queen

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1977.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1977.

“Were I Queen, my principal affirmative action plan would have three legs. First, it would promote equal educational opportunity, and effective job training for women, so they would not be reduced to dependency on a man or the state. Second, my plan would give men encouragement and incentives to share more evenly with women the joys, responsibilities, worries, upsets, and sometimes tedium of raising children from infancy to adulthood. (This, I admit, is the most challenging part of the plan to make concrete and to implement.) Third, the plan would make quality day care available from infancy on. Children in my ideal world would not be women’s priorities, they would be human priorities.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg, quoted in Brigid Schulte’s excellent book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.