139 – What Would RBG Do? – Karen Yankovich

This week’s episode of Good Girls Get Rich is brought to you by Uplevel Media CEO and LinkedIn expert, Karen Yankovich. In this episode, Karen reflects on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg showed up and made a change in the world. Just like her, we have the ability to make a change, and RBG left us amazing examples of how to stand up against the crowd.

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About the Episode:

On September 18, 2020, the world lost Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a champion for women’s rights, and there are so many great things that we can learn from her.

RBG didn’t accept unfair treatment just because that was how things were. When she had the ability, she showed up and did the good that she could do. And when she did something that went again the majority, she did it with confidence.

That warrants the question… are there areas in our lives where we should be showing up and making a difference? It’s easy to get stuck in the mundane way of doing things and to follow the crowd. But with more visibility comes greater responsibility. It’s time to start following RBG’s example and ask ourselves, “Where can I make a difference?”

When it’s your turn to step up and make a change, do it with confidence. Trust your gut, trust your expertise, and trust yourself. When you champion for change, it’s true that you’ll most likely face opposition. But just like the advice RBG followed, it helps to be a little deaf. When someone says something offensive, it’s best to tune them out, stop yourself from getting angry, and work on the backend to make a change.

You can make a change. You just have to show up.

Episode Spotlights:

  • Where to find everything for this week’s episode: karenyankovich.com/139
  • Introducing this episode’s topic (1:42)
  • Speak up (5:12)
  • Where do you need to step up? (8:29)
  • Be confident (10:08)
  • Tune it out (10:29)
  • Episode recap (12:49)

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Karen Yankovich 0:00
You’re listening to the good girls get rich podcast episode 139.

Intro 0:06
Welcome to the good girls get rich podcast with your host, Karen Yankovich. This is where we embrace how good you are girl, stop being the best kept secret in town, learn how to use simple LinkedIn and social media strategies and make the big bucks.

Karen Yankovich 0:23
Hello there. I’m your host, Karen Yankovich. And this is Episode 139 of the good girls get rich podcast. And this podcast is brought to you by uplevel Media where we teach simple relationship heart based LinkedIn marketing to women, that gets you on the phone consistently with your perfect people, people who will change your business, your life and your bank account for ever we teach digital marketing with the human touch around here, humans human marketing. And as a human talking to you, the human on the other side of this microphone, I am so grateful that you are here today. And if you love what you hear, I would love for you to take a screenshot and let your world know that you’re listening. Make sure you tag me or use the hashtag good girls get rich so that we can share that with our social media. And that we can give each other a little visibility here, right and that’s how we all lift each other up in the world. Go to KarenYankovich.com/139 you’ll see the blog in the show notes for this episode, you’ll also see a link to speakpipe where you can leave us a message I’d love to hear your voice. And tell us what you think about this episode. Tell us if there’s a topic you want me to cover our guest you want me to interview right? That’s a great way to do that. And you can find all those links at KarenYankovich.com/139. So the world lost and amazing heroine a few weeks ago, the notorious RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg, talk about being a good girl. If you’ve listened to the show before you know that good girls don’t mean people that play by the rules, good girls are people that know what they’re good at. And then just dive in and do their best and share their genius with the world and really stay in that place. of, of confidence and, and just amazingness because that’s where we build abundance in our life. And you know, we’re not always talking about abundance as money in our bank account. I mean, it’s great to have money in our bank accounts. When when I heard the news a couple weeks ago that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away, I sat on my couch, very upset and was just donating money to in her honor in Ruth Bader Ginsburg, honor to some of the political candidates that I supported, right. So I wouldn’t have been able to do that. If I didn’t build a career focused on what I’m good at. That helped me put money in my bank account. Right. So yeah, let’s not pretend that having more money isn’t going to help us in our in our lives and our business and have amazing lives. But it’s not what it’s all about, right? There’s abundance. There’s so many other things that that abundance can be that abundance is defined by and I think that RBG definitely embodied that. I mean, you’ve seen the memes, I don’t have to share them here. All of the women’s rights that we enjoy today, thanks to Ruth, the right to sign a mortgage without a man the right to have a bank account without a male cosigner. The right to have a job, right without being discriminated on based on your gender. I mean, the right to have to be pregnant and have kids, right. I mean, and still work. These are things that were changed, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in my lifetime. So this is not in the 1800s. This is not that long ago, that we needed to have these rights fought for and, and won, so that each one of us, so I don’t have to fight every step of the way. And we have room to thank for that. So I will always be grateful for that. And hopefully you understand that, as well. And you’ve seen the means and you understand why I’m so passionate about this here. Ruth fought tirelessly, I mean, tirelessly for us to be equal under the law for women to have the same rights as men under the law. She and this is not something she didn’t have to battle in her own career. She absolutely did. She was a mom, she had a husband who had cancer while she was in law school. So she was a caretaker. And you know, as a Supreme Court justice, she was a role model for every young girl, and what their what they can achieve and what they can strive for in their life. Right. She understood exactly the way she wanted to see the world. And then she fought to make it happen because she had experienced it personally, because she had personally had to fight her way to get into law school to be seen as confidently or as you know, professionally as the men in the programs, right. She defied the stereotypes just by being herself right just by being a Good Girl by doing what she was so good at, and then just going for it, she absolutely beat the odds. And thankfully, you and I get the benefit of that today. So let’s talk a little bit about some of the things that we can do, right that Ruth Bader Ginsburg did that we can embody in our lives, and in our business. Okay. So Ruth Bader Ginsburg came from a generation of women who had to be 10 times better than men in order to get half of the recognition or the admittance that they were that they had. And I wish I could sit here and tell you that that doesn’t happen today. But it does still happen. Right? I know that I built my career in a world and in a very male dominated world. And I know, I know that I needed to be louder and stronger and more confident, in order to even have my voice listened to. Right. I at least had the ability to sit at the table and be in the room, though, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So even though she has helped us come far, one of the things that that I think we can embody that one of the things that we can embody, as we continue to hit these sexism struggles in our careers, is not to accept it. Okay, not to accept that kind of treatment for just as this is how things are, right? We have the choice, we can do what Ruth Bader Ginsburg did. And we can say, No, I don’t accept that. I don’t accept that there’s, there’s in this line of speakers, that that you have, that there’s nine men and one woman, I don’t accept that. I don’t accept that you are not bringing me on to this. But you brought these men that are less qualified than me into this opportunity. Right? She spoke up for herself. And that’s what we as women need to do to be like Ruth was, and speak up for ourselves and be confident about that. Okay, speak up for yourself, if there’s something that that you see that you feel is not an equitable choice, and we’re seeing a lot of this now, right? I mean, I’m sitting here as a privileged white woman, I fully recognize that but we all what we are seeing is more and more companies and more and more people and more and more businesses, paying more attention to equity and diversion and inclusion, right. So but we have to keep speaking up, we have to keep speaking up if we want to be like Ruth, right. The other thing she did was when she saw that there was a gap in something she like she would just start her own start her own thing. She co founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU. So in 1972, the ACLU was already a strong organization, the American Civil Liberties Union. And as the organization started to grow, they started to send sex discrimination cases to her. And not only did she litigate those cases, and you know, take baby steps, tackling one law at a time, right? Because Wait, because she knew that that like infiltrating it one step at a time, was going to help her have more success, certainly in 1972, then just trying to completely turn something upside down on its head, right? So she infiltrated it. But she, she started the Women’s Rights Project. She said, okay, there’s a need here, I’m going to champion this. And she jumped in and did it herself. She didn’t wait for someone else to do it. She stepped up and did it. So think about in your world, where do you need to step up? You know, we’ve talked on this show about how with visibility comes responsibility. And if you’ve listened to the show for a while, then hopefully your visibility is growing. Hopefully, you’re learning some techniques for me, to grow your visibility to grow your voice to get your voice out in the world, as you’re doing that. Where is there a need that you might feel the need or the desire to step in, and really make a bigger change by doing something like co founding the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU. And really interesting to me, one of the things that I think was really interesting, too, in the what would Ruth Bader Ginsburg do episode here? Is her role for being known for her and passion, two cents, right? So not only did she get what she known for, you know, stepping in and championing women’s rights issues and all kinds of other issues that are important to this country. She was also really known for her passionate dissents, meaning when everyone else said yes, she was confident enough in herself to say no, if that’s what she believed was the right thing to do. She listened to her gut, she wouldn’t just say, Well, you know, would it be easier to say yes, I understand their points of view. Let’s just move on. She said ABS like hell no, I’m not doing that. She would not only say Hell no, but she would be happy to point out how insane the majority’s approach to the law was. Right? In light of how the script operates in the real world. So she had no problem being the lone dissenter. Right and having the confidence to say yeah, no, we’re not going to do that. Right? Be confident, be confident enough in your gut Be confident enough, in your expertise, be confident enough in yourself to be the person that stands up to a roomful of yeses, when you know, the right answer is no. Okay, so that takes a lot of guts tonight, you got to give her a lot of credit for that, right. And the last thing I want to mention here today, and this is one, this is probably my favorite one and one that I know, I need to, to listen to more often. And that is, you know, one of her one of her most famous pieces of advice. She attributes her mother in law. And in her mother in law, the advice that her mother in law gave her was in every good marriage, it helps to be a little deaf. And basically what she said that she followed that advice, not only just at home, and in her, you know, 56 years of marriage, but in the Supreme Court, when somebody said something, what basically what she said was when a thought was or unkind word is spoken, best to tune it out, reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade. I’m going to say that again, in every workplace, and this is Ruth’s words, in every workplace, including the Supreme Court, when a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best to tune it out, reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade. Okay, so I will tell you that one of the things that I did, and I share a picture of it on this episode here, as I bought myself a little ww or bgd bracelet, because that’s, that is one lesson that I need to remind myself of a lot. All the other lessons I think are really important as well. And I think for me, I would love to embody more of the spirit of rbg. And but this one here is the one that I know I need to work the hardest on. And that is not only to just let things go, when you hear something that’s unkind or thoughtless, just tune it out, and then work on the back end, to do whatever to persuade, whatever it is you’re looking to do to achieve the goals you’re looking to achieve. She is an incredible role model an unbelievable memory and inspiration to so many women in this world. I feel like I just owe so much to this woman. And I wanted to do an episode just a short episode honoring her honoring her memory and continue to work towards her goals. Right. I think that that’s really important. I think that she started the movement for women like me, and I think it’s my responsibility, right to take that baton and run with it. So we’re just going to recap this for a minute and just kind of talk a little bit about how we could be more like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, what would RBG do, understanding that she knew she had to move forward in a world that she had to fight for herself and didn’t accept the treatment of things just because that’s the way things are. That is not a sentence that she ever would just accept in her world. And I think we need to do the same thing. When we see that there’s a place that we can show up and do good, like founding the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, we’ve got to use our visibility and take responsibility for our visibility and step in in places where we can step in and do good remembering that you don’t just have to go with the crowd. If you firmly believe that the answer is no, or frankly, maybe the answer will be yes. Right, just dissenting, meaning, do something different than that goes against the majority, then have that confidence, find that confidence channel rbg. And state your opinion, regardless of whether it’s the popular one. And sometimes Remember, it helps to be a little deaf. So you know that I’m here to always support you with this. I do this podcast to support you. I have a free training course to support you to help you get started to step into your greatness so that you can confidently be the person you want to be that you can confidently Be a good girl. Just go to KarenYankovich.com/masterclass, you can check out that free training. Let me help you share this podcast. Take a quick screenshot and tell everybody that you’re listening. Let us know let me know when you do that what your favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote is, I will reshare that with my audience. And then we both get more visibility we help each other right. So I’m going to share my favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote with you now to wrap this up. And my favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote is, we should not be held back from pursuing our full talents from contributing what we could contribute to society, because we fit into a certain mold, break the mold, break the mold, ladies, let’s do this together. Have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next week for another episode of the good girls get rich podcast.