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RBG’s legacy, one year later

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We live in polarizing times. Americans have starkly different views about the pandemic, Afghanistan, taxes, rising crime rates, climate change and much more. The disagreements are bitter and the tone is harsh. Is it even possible to persuade people who don’t already agree with us?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew how to do this. Exactly a year after her passing, we should remember the advice she regularly gave. “Fight for the things that you care about,” she would say, “but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

These were not just words for Ginsburg. She spoke from personal experience. Before she became a judge, RBG was a trailblazing advocate for women’s rights. Almost singlehandedly, she persuaded the Supreme Court that gender discrimination is unconstitutional, winning five of the six cases she argued there in the 1970s.

How did she do it? The secret to her success sounds a lot easier than it is: RBG had a gift for seeing issues through other people’s eyes. She knew that she had to understand their view in order to win them over. This is a lesson we all need to learn.

RBG learned it out of necessity. Her job was to persuade judges, who were virtually all men in the 1970s. Most........

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