Neither federal nor state government acts compatibly with equal protection when a law or official policy denies to women, simply because they are women, full citizenship stature - equal opportunity to aspire, achieve, participate in and contribute to society based on their individual talents and capacities.
Writing for the court, United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996)
Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The emphasis must not be on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
You're saying, no, State said two kinds of marriage: the full marriage, and then this sort of skim-milk marriage.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In sum, the Court's conclusion that a constitutionally adequate recount is impractical is a prophecy the Court's own judgment will not allow to be tested. Such an untested prophecy should not decide the Presidency of the United States. I dissent.Ruth Bader Ginsburg