Happy birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
The iconic Supreme Court Justice turned 84 years old on Wednesday — and the world is celebrating the milestone with her.
Ginsburg said, in a note to PEOPLE by a spokeswoman for the Court, that she celebrated over “Prosecco and cupcakes with chambers crew at 4:00” to be followed by “evening with relations” at the Elevator Repair Service’s production of The Sun Also Rises at Washington, D.C.’s Lansburgh Theatre. Celebrating with her fellow justices would wait until Friday: “Birthday toast by colleagues pre-lunch on March 17,” she wrote.
She received birthday tweets from her fellow Washingtonians.
All the way to those in Hollywood.
And lots of her biggest fans.
And those with some pretty epic memes (and GIFs!)
Of course, some people not only sent her birthday wishes, but wishes of good health … for at least the next four years.
Ginsburg — also known as “RBG” — gained her notorious reputation for her witty one-liners, her scathing dissents and poster-worthy quotes. Oh, and her commitment to courtroom style.
Here, a few of the quotes that earned her that reputation.
“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”
“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the ’40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S.”
“Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise.”
“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”
“I was a law school teacher. And that’s how I regard my role here with my colleagues, who haven’t had the experience of growing up female and don’t fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women’s way.”
“I don’t know how many meetings I attended in the ’60s and the ’70s, where I would say something, and I thought it was a pretty good idea. Then somebody else would say exactly what I said. Then people would become alert to it, respond to it. It can happen even in the conferences in the court. When I will say something — and I don’t think I’m a confused speaker — and it isn’t until somebody else says it that everyone will focus on the point.”
“I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.’ Free to be, if you were a girl—doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Anything you want to be. And if you’re a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s okay too. That notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers.”