Amy Coney Barrett - an avatar of conservative feminism?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became, late in her long and illustrious career, more than just a United States Supreme Court justice. She was a cultural symbol, a human distillation of an era and a cause, her special celebrity rooted in the way her fight for legal opportunities for women combined with her own extraordinary success in the spheres she opened up.

As a jurist, she was one of the court's four liberals, important but not singular; as the Notorious RBG, she embodied liberal feminism, a history of struggle and achievement condensed into three initials and one life.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2020, with the headline 'Amy Coney Barrett - an avatar of conservative feminism?'. Print Edition | Subscribe