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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Nicknames
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This page contains the best Ruth Bader Ginsburg nicknames, jokes and quotes that I have been able to find, plus a few nicknames that I came up with myself ...

Heavyweight: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | The New Yorker

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a striking beauty. Unfortunately, she had a brain, which was not popular with most men at the time. She said that she married her husband Marty because he was "the only young man I dated who cared that I had a brain." She finished first in her class at Columbia Law School while raising a baby, only to be turned down by 14 law firms. But The Notorious R.B.G. didn't let the little piggies have the last oink. She persevered and conquered, going on to become a Supreme Court Justice known as The Great Dissenter.

The Top Ten Ruth Bader Ginsburg Nicknames

R.B.G. (her initials)
The Notorious R.B.G. (details below)
Ruth Vader Ginsburg
Kiki (her childhood nickname, details below)
Ruth Truth (You can't spell "truth" without "Ruth"!)
The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Great Dissenter
Lady Justice
Badass Bader Ginsburg (Michael R. Burch)
Kickass Bader Ginsburg (Michael R. Burch)

Honorable Mention Ruth Bader Ginsburg Nicknames: Truth's Ruth, Mighty Mite, The ICON

Kiki was the nickname given to Ruth Bader Ginsburg by her by her older sister, Marilyn. Ginsburg elaborated in her autobiography, My Own Words, saying she earned the nickname for being a "kicky baby." Sadly, Marilyn passed away from meningitis when Ginsburg was only two years old. Since her sister’s passing, going by her sister's nickname became a sweet way of remembering Marilyn. In a CNN interview, her childhood friends Ann Kittner and Harryette Helsel reminisced that they knew her simply as Kiki. “Justice Ginsburg, I cannot call Ruth. We call her Kiki,” said Helsel.

Here's how Ginsburg described the origin of her Notorious RBG moniker: "[It was] a second-year student at NYU Law School [i.e., Shana Knizhnik] who started the Notorious RBG as a Tumblr. This young woman was, to put it mildly, disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision in the Shelby County case — the decision that held a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 no longer constitutional. She was angry and then it came to her that anger is a useless emotion. It doesn't win any friends or make any changes. So, instead of being angry, she would do something positive. And the positive thing she did was to put on that blog the announcement of my dissenting opinion in the Shelby County case and then it took off from there."

In an interview with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, Shana Knizhnik explained that it was the contrast of Ginsburg's small size and tremendous trailblazing force that inspired the name. "I was mostly thinking of the catchy nickname and how she was such a powerful force," Knizhnik said. "Here you had this diminutive person, this tiny human, and nobody saw her as a badass. But when you see what she has done, over years, with such dignity and grace, it represented that."

So, what does Ginsburg think of the moniker? "People ask me, 'don't you feel uncomfortable with a name like the Notorious RBG?,'" NBC reported Ginsburg said in February 2017. "Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. First and foremost, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York." According to, Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G., was born in Brooklyn on May 21, 1972, some 39 years after Ginsburg was born in the same borough. In 2017, Ginsburg also told Charlie Rose she was fully aware of who Notorious B.I.G. was and thought the comparison "seems altogether natural." Ginsburg is reportedly such a fan of the name that, in 2014, she admitted to keeping herself well stocked with Notorious RBG t-shirts, which she reportedly gives as gifts, according to TIME magazine.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jokes

Before Justice Ginsburg, the Supreme Court was ruthless. — Michael R. Burch

You can't spell "truth" without "Ruth"!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor, and was the first Jewish woman to ever serve on the highest court in the land.

The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.

Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf.

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.

I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman's equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.

Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.

The Great Dissenter explained: "Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow."

She was born Joan Ruth Bader in 1933 to Jewish immigrants. She married her husband of 56 years, Marty, because he was "the only young man I dated who cared that I had a brain." When Marty was diagnosed with cancer during her first year of law school at Harvard, she took notes for him and typed up his term papers, while maintaining her own course load, holding a seat on the Harvard Law Review, and looking after their baby. She still graduated first in her class after transferring to Columbia ... only to be turned down by 14 law firms! Unable to find a job practicing law, she took teaching positions: first at Rutgers School of Law, then at Columbia Law School, before founding the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project in 1972. She became Columbia's first tenured female professor. She was nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and confirmed by a Senate vote of 96-3.

The Notorious RGB explains how she would like to be remembered: "Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. 'Cause I've gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I've done for which I was not paid."

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