As a company run by women whose core value is solidarity, we strive to make dome BEAUTY accessible to and supportive of people of all genders, ages, preferences, ethnicities and abilities. An individual who stood for all this and more was Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), one of the nation’s Supreme Court justices from 1993 until her unfortunate passing in September. A symbol of strength and poise to all, Ruth opened the doors for women to be treated equally in the workplace. She proved that laws discriminating against gender are not made to protect women, but instead, hinder their freedom and the equal rights they are promised. It is because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that women today have the ability to work independently, start their own businesses, and be taken just as seriously as men in the workplace. Dome BEAUTY is forever inspired by RBG, and we wanted to share a few reasons why.
(Collection of the Supreme Court of The United States - Los Angeles Times)
You know how people will give you the side eye if you’re a working mom? Or even if you’re thinking of starting a family while working or still in school? Well imagine that, but in the 50’s and 60’s despite being qualified for jobs with her educational background at Cornell University and Harvard Law School, and being the first woman in the Harvard Law Review, RBG still struggled to enter the workforce. In an interview, she said “…to be a woman, a Jew, and a mother, to boot, that combination was a bit much.” Despite these odds, her connections at Columbia University, where she also studied, convinced a judge she knew to hire her as a clerk. Though she was underpaid in comparison to her male counterparts, it was her first step into the world of Law.
While still attending Harvard Law School as a mother to a baby, RBG’s husband had fallen ill with testicular cancer. He also was a law student at Harvard, so on top of being a mom and taking her own classes, RBG attended his classes too so he didn’t fall behind. That’s major girl power.
In this project, RBG advocated for equal rights for women through the law. She argued cases of sex discrimination that were usually related to unequal treatment in the workplace. RBG did this strategically, picking cases she thought she would be able to win. She did this because she knew if she won them, little by little they would pick up attention and be able to make an impact on women’s rights under the law itself. Before her own time at the Supreme Court, RBG argued six cases before the Supreme Court on the subject of gender equality, and won all of them. These cases and RBG’s plea have made the working world infinitely more accepting and open than it once was, and we are all benefitting from her work as we speak.
During her time as a justice, RBG continued to stand up for underrepresented communities, including women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and undocumented immigrants. She was known for her fiery dissents, where she bravely spoke out against what the majority believed, and hoped one day her dissents would become the norm. One of her most famous dissents was that of the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company case in 2007. She went on to challenge congress to amend Title VII to be more accommodating of gender discrimination and fair pay. Eventually, this led to President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which changed the lives of countless Americans. More of RBG’s famous cases and what they mean for us can be found here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pivotal force in US History, and her passing is a loss that strikes very close to home for our dome BEAUTY team. RBG might have only stood at 5 ft tall, but her accomplishments stand taller than any man or woman ever can. For us, she is living proof that femininity is not a weakness, and that a woman can do just as much as any man, and even more. It is because of her that our society has progressed so much in terms of women’s equality, and in her memory, we will continue to push for that equality and inclusivity she fought for her entire career.
Our founder, Mar Cavallone views RBG as one of her personal inspirations, but also as a guiding force for inclusivity and equality within dome BEAUTY. Mar believes that women have had an ongoing uphill battle for equality, and that Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided a voice and leader for this constantly evolving movement.
“She fought for not only the equal rights of women but equal rights for everyone. I admire her fierce ability to fight for the underrepresented and ability to change laws that protect those who need protection the most. Her never ending efforts allowed me the opportunity to live my life with independence and equalities that were not afforded to my mother,” Mar said.
Mar explained that the fight for equality continues and we all need to do our part to continue her efforts by making our voices heard whether that is by voting, peaceful protests or conversation with government officials in an effort to achieve unbiased equality for all.
Mar and the dome BEAUTY team will always be grateful to RBG and her unwavering fight for equality, and we will continue to do our part through the efforts of dome BEAUTY, and in our personal lives as well.
RBG once said "I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” This, she most certainly accomplished, and her legacy lives on through women of all the generations yet to come.Magnolia Pictures
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