Ruth By Decade: 1950s
from James Madison High School. It was Sunday, June 25, 1950.
her, leaving Nathan Bader and daughter Ruth devastated. The circumstances created a pivotal moment for Ruth in terms of her Judaism, her sense of family, and her determination to stay on the course she believed would best honor her mother.
1950-1959: Tragedy, Cornell, Harvard...and Marty
when Ruth should have been at her graduation, the grief-stricken 17-year-old
was at home with her father, trying to help him cope with his own anguish at
daughter was sensitive, self-reliant, and feminine without being subservient or
too soft to cope with tragedy.
determined to see to that, though she interpreted those dreams her way.
following it led to Ruth to make some critical decisions about her Jewish
beliefs, traditional female roles, and her personal commitment to making
changes Celia would have approved.
Family, Feminism, and the Secular Path
recite the mourners’ Kaddish and receive visitors. The Kaddish requires that there be a minyan, a group at least ten participating adult male Jews.
For Ruth, that was the end. She was determined to live the values of secular Judaism – compassion, kindness, a love of truth and justice – but she rejected traditional religious observance completely.
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Rising Star: Ruth at Cornell
who deepened her perception of the human condition as captured by great
authors. She made a practical choice to major in political science and studied constitutional law with experts like Robert Cushman and Milton Konvitz. From them, she learned to write with logic and precision.
Marty, Matrimony, War, and Harvard
and art, and pondered the seemingly unfair treatment of women in education and
in society. She’d always been socially active, but by 1953, she was in a
serious relationship with the love of her life, Marty Ginsburg. They were engaged by year’s end.
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Life after Law School: Ruth Gets to Work
so, from her perspective, and the ready dismissal of her competence and acumen
rankled for years afterward.
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