While being honored at an event at the Library of Congress in Washington on Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a tragic warning to working fathers.
“One of the saddest things about men’s lives is they’re out there working,” Ginsburg said, according to The Hill, “and one day their children are grown and they didn’t have any real part in raising them.”
The mother of two went on: “If you live as long as I have, you see that that time that you are very much engaged with your children is fleeting. It’s not the most part of your life.”
The “great joys” of fatherhood
According to The Hill, Ginsburg “was one of four women honored at the Library of Congress at Diane von Furstenberg’s DVF Awards” on Wednesday. The award was created 11 years ago to “recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment, and visibility to transform the lives of other women,” The Hill noted.
Asked by a moderator at the event for her tips on balancing being a dad with having a career, Ginsburg said “caring for children is no easy job.”
“There are undoubtedly burdens, but there are also great joys,” the justice added.
“The least we can do”
According to USA Today, the awards were hosted in Washington for the first time this year “all for Ginsburg,” who has long been struggling with health problems. For her part, von Furstenberg told USA Today that she was glad move the ceremony out of New York.
“I’m so happy we did; it’s the least we can do,” the esteemed fashion designer said. “It’s actually given us the idea that we can make these awards travel; they don’t have to only be in New York.”
Also attending the Washington event was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had some warm words for the woman her husband had appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993.
“Advancing the rights of women and girls remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton said at the event, according to The Hill. She added that “no one has done more” than Ginsburg when it comes to advancing this cause.
Indeed, Democrats have long put the “Notorious RBG” on a pedestal, but the aging jurist’s frequent ailments have some worried that she may be forced to retire before President Donald Trump leaves office. That would open up the 45th president to appoint a third justice to the Supreme Court, solidifying the court’s conservative slant potentially for years to come.
Liberals like von Furstenberg are, of course, hoping to oust Trump before that can happen. “I’m rooting for honesty,” she said of the 2020 election, according to The Hill, “and I’m rooting for the Democrats to win.”