Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

I guess I dropped out of my blog recently, while trying to decide whether to  keep it up.  But it is Women’s Month and I am watching  a CD of RBG so I am inspired to salute two women I admire.

“I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg! (born March 15, 1933 ) And wishing you many more!

RBG is a fascinating biopic exploring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. Her early legal battles changed the world for women; she also took on a case for a single parent father and won “widow’s rights” for him. This from a tiny, soft-spoken women who somehow made her voice heard and became a justice on the Supreme Court. Here is the official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biIRlcQqmOc

Professor & lawyer RBG, 1977 by L Gilbert

Rosalind Franklin

 Like many women scientists of the time, Franklin was robbed of recognition throughout her career. Her story is a web of sexism and rivalry.

Since I first heard about Rosalind Franklin I’ve been mad that she did not get the credit she deserved when Watson and Crick published their findings on DNA.  She was the person who “photographed” the double helix structure of DNA by x-ray crystallography.  A colleague, Maurice Wilkins, showed Watson and Crick her x-ray without consulting her. They could not have built their model without her x-ray – yet shamefully they did not acknowledge her work. In 1958 at age 37, Rosalind Franklin died of cancer probably due to her research with radiation. Maurice Wilkins was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 along with the two men.

Franklin’s x-ray showing the double helix

There was a PSB special on Rosalind Franklin last year, but I wonder how many people have even heard of her. For more information on her life and other scientific contributions go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin

This is a short tribute to these courageous pioneers in their fields, but I encourage you to delve deeper – the details are fascinating.

Who do you admire? Who are your heros?

5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

  1. I admire Rachel Carson and Freda Kahlo for obviously different reasons – both worked through enormous physical and emotional challenges. How are you guys doing. Want to go in together on a chicken coop? We can’t find any eggs!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great post, I knew all about Franklin, but barely anything about Justice Ginsberg. Apart from the biography of Franklin by Brenda Maddox, there is a brilliant book by Gareth Williams, Unravelling the Helix: the Hidden Heroes of DNA. This is a big book with quite a bit of science, but immensely readable like a science detective story following every turn in history that led to the discovery of DNA.


    • Hi – good to see you are still around! In the US it is probably the other way around. Ginsburg has become something of a celebrity, hanging on to her seat at 83 – as a minority liberal in the Supreme Court. Since you’re a British scientist I’m not surprised you are knowledgeable about Franklin – everyone should know her story. (I think Watson was likely something of a creep as well as a racist.)


LeWhy don't these Spam messages from OUtlook go to a spam folder? If I blacklist "outlook" will it take out real followers?ave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.