She was the girl from Stamps, Arkansas, long before she was from Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she died on May 28, 2014. Being featured on the first United States coin – a quarter – was in Maya’s future. The American Women Quarters Program is the program, and Maya is deservedly the first woman and the first black. This blog explores her early years that laid the foundation for her entrepreneurial spirit and the coin that reflects that entrepreneurial spirit.
When it comes to recognizing and remembering iconic women who have served in the Judicial branch, three names come to mind.
- NC Supreme Court Justice Susie Marshall Sharp
- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
- And of course, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This year in honor of Women’s History Month, Woodruff Family Law Group published three blogs on these trail blazing Justices whose work was transformative in North Carolina and in the nation. Continue reading
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late iconic Supreme Court Justice, took the nation’s highest court’s dress from drab to fab with her unique collection of collars. “The standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show, and the tie,” Ginsburg told the Washington Post in 2009. As a result, she and Sandra Day O’Connor, as the first and second women to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, thought it would be befitting to jazz up the robe in a womanly fashion. Ginsburg, who was 87 when she died on September 18, 2020, became known for subtly encoding meaning in the collars she chose to wear on any given occasion. Her collection began with an original lace jabot, which she frequently wore while on the bench from 1993 to 2008. However, over the years, her law clerks, colleagues, and other admirers helped her grow her collection with an impressive array of exquisite collars. Time Magazine was granted access to some of the late Justice’s favorite collars for a still-life series, which can be viewed here. A few of her most popular collars are described in detail below. Continue reading