'The View' remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The co-hosts reflect on the Supreme Court justice's life, legacy and history fighting for women.
8:40 | 09/21/20

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Tributes have been pouring in about the monumental loss of a true American icon, justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's hard to put it into perspective just how much she meant to the country, but I think we can probably pare it down and talk about what she meant to us. Joy, what are some of your reflections of rbg? There aren't a lot of people on "The view" in 23 years that I have been that impressed with. I'm pretty blase about most people. Maybe the Obamas, definitely Elijah Cummings, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was not on "The view," but I had the pleasure of going into her chambers in 2009, and I have a picture to show you to prove it, but she was just remarkable. She spoke for an hour. The reason I was there is because one of my friends who came with us had gone to law school with her, and she spoke to us for a solid hour of all the cases that were coming up very shortly, and did not sit down for one hour. There were five of us. We were all standing, dying to sit, but no one would sit until she sat, of course, but she wouldn't sit down, you know, she just was a remarkable, remarkable person, and it reminds me, people should be reminded of the fact that before Ruth, we could not -- women could not use their own names to have a credit card. That would be me back in the '60s and '70s. I couldn't get my own credit card. Imagine that. I couldn't serve on the jury before Ruth, and there were so many other things that she brought to the United States and made it a better country. So I'm so sad, and I think -- I actually cried. I actually cried. I don't cry easily. Yeah, it's rough. What about you, Sara? I cried as well, joy, and building off some of the things you said, I can't help but look at the show we're all on. We've got five women, all mothers, all talking about politics. This may not exist at all without justice Ginsburg. She made it possible for people like us to have it all. You can choose to be married. You can choose to have kids, but you can also choose to have a successful career, and the thing I loved most about her is she didn't just open the door or set records for herself. She plowed the door down and kept it open for everyone that came behind her, and it's also important to remember that she was a champion for not only women, but men as well. She fought to make people understand that when each -- when each of us succeeds, we all succeed, but I think the most impressionable part of her on me personally because her style. This was a tiny package of a woman that made sure she was heard, but not because she shouted. She won on intellect, civility, reason, persuasion. All the good things. She didn't pound it over your head. She won with the power of her pen, and I think that's the best way to bring along change. As she said, one step at a time, and in her words, fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you, and I can say that my life is better because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Excellent. What about you, sunny? Yeah, you know, that makes three of us then that cried because I did too, you know, I had the pleasure of honoring her last year, and reading some of the lines and words in her decisions, and one of the decisions that we read to her was in the Lilly Ledbetter case, and it was the scathing dissent that led to this equal pay for women, and in that dissent, she wrote, the court does not comprehend the insidious way that women can be victims to discrimination, and at that time when she wrote it, she was the only woman sitting on the court. Can you imagine? The only woman sitting on the court, and her dissent actually led president Obama to enact the Lilly Ledbetter act which led to women getting equal pay to some extent. I thought meeting her -- as Sara mentioned, she's this tiny, tiny woman with great style. She's about -- I think she was shorter than 4'11", and what I was fond of when I met her, she had these little heels on, these little tiny heels and she also, joy, stood the entire time, and I was -- I couldn't imagine that she kept on standing the whole time when we were chatting and she asked me, what law school did you go to? I told her, I went to notre dame. She talked about her visit to notre dame and knew everything about the school. So she was just so sharp and so wanted to connect with me and with people in general I think that I was struck by her kindness as a supreme court justice, that she seemed to really care about people, and that comes across in her opinions and in her work and in her legacy. So I just think we lost such a true champion of civil rights, you know, over the weekend. Right. Yep. What about you, Meghan? Look. I was shocked when I read that she had passed. She's an American icon. She was a huge glass ceiling breaker for all women and politics aside, I mean, the incredible things she did throughout her career and the spaces she existed in, and went to when no other women have gone before is something we should all be applauding and celebrating. On a personal note, she did a lot for discrimination -- stopping discrimination of pregnant women at work, and as a pregnant woman, you can understand how you can be treated differently, and it was working at the aclu, making sure that you couldn't be fired for having a baby. These are things we wouldn't think about right now that want have happened without her. I didn't cry when she died, but I cried when Antonin Scalia died, and their relationship is one we should be looking to. They were ideological opposites and still at the same time were the best of friends. Antonin Scalia's son shared a story about him giving two dozen red roses to Ruth on her birthday, and a journalist was in the room and asked him why he was doing it, and he said, some things are more important than politics. They had a beautiful relationship. They loved the law and loved opera and they went to lunch, I believe every Friday, and it's really a relationship that I hope that all of Americans can look to politically about being on two separate sides and still coming together and having great love and respect for one another, and look. These are one of these people that when they leave us, in American culture will be remembered forever, and this is another shift. This is a paradigm shift of another American icon passing and we all mourn her great, great addition to life in American culture and certainly American law. How about you, whoopi? What did you think? Yeah. I was, you know, I just thought, you know, well done, you know. Yeah. I always hate when people pass away, but I thought, my god. Look at everything you did. You spent your time as an American. You spent your time as a human being fighting for the right thing, and, you know, as they argue about what's coming next, keep in mind the things she fought for even when you might not have understood what her thinking was. She was a big picture kind of woman. She understood past, present and future, and that is the thing that I will love her forever for because she didn't just do -- she didn't just make change for people at that time. She made change on the -- in the big picture. She was a big picture kind of gal. Yes. She was 4 foot maybe -- 4 foot snap, but she was huge. She was huge and towering, and for me, it's, you know, we will not see quite her like, but I think with all the women she's influenced, we will see more like her. We'll be right back.

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