Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sent a Personal Message to an 8-Year-Old Fan Who Dressed Up as Her For Superhero Day
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
Forget Superman and Wonder Woman! There’s a new superhero in town.
When 8-year-old Michele Threefoot had to dress up for “Superhero Day” at school, she left the stereotypical superheroes behind and choose to dress up as Ruth Bader Ginsberg — an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
“She and her sister aren’t really into Marvel superheroes, so I was just going to put them in Supergirl capes and masks. But while our family was talking about it, she told me she wanted to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So we went with it!,” Threefoot’s mother, Krista, told The Huffington Post.
Threefoot first learned about Ginsberg from her children’s book, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.
“The book talks a lot about the prejudices Ruth Bader Ginsburg faced as a child and about how she has worked her whole life to fight inequality in our country. Michele gets pretty passionate about unfairness, especially relating to girls and women, so the book’s message really stuck with her,” Krista Threefoot told the Huffington Post.
Krista Threefoot posted the picture of her daughter dressed as Ginsburg on Facebook. The photo quickly went viral, even reaching the Notorious RBG herself.
Ginsburg’s assistant then reached out to Threefoot’s family, letting them know that Ginsberg had seen the photo and wanted their home address.
Shortly after, a note arrived from Ginsburg herself with an encouraging message for Threefoot.
“Dear Michele: You look just like me! May you continue to thrive on reading and learning. Every good wish, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” the note reads.
Threefoot was “super duper excited” that Ginsburg had sent her a note. Krista Threefoot even made copies so her daughter could bring it to school.
“Her teachers were also very excited to see it,” Krista Threefoot told Your Daily Dish.
“When I read it, I felt really happy because she said I looked just like her. It was really special because she wrote it by hand,” Threefoot told the Huffington Post.
“She loved the note and was really pumped to bring it to school to show her teacher,” Krista Threefoot wrote in an email to Refinery29. “She also thought the paper clip that came with it looked like a barrette, so she is wearing it in her hair.”
Along with the note, Ginsburg included a quote about the importance of reading.
When Threefoot shared the photo she had no idea how far it would reach.
“I originally just shared it because I thought she looked fierce and adorable,” Threefoot told Your Daily Dish. “I also wanted to share the word about the book she was reading, I Dissent. It’s such a great book for kids and I wanted all my friends to know about it. I had no idea the picture would go as far as it did.”
Threefoot and her family plan to write a thank you note to send to Ginsburg this weekend.
“I would really [like] to thank Justice Ginsburg for being such an inspiration to all of us, and for being so committed to fighting for equality,” Krista Threefoot told the Huffington Post. “This wouldn’t have gone where it has if she weren’t such an admirable person. I also want to thank her for taking the time to make a little girl really, really happy.”