On the Basis of Sex: Ruth Bader Ginsburg [ESTJ 1w2]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Ruth shows up to her classes full of detached factual information; she can recall case details others have missed, because she’s able to store so much information in her head. When her husband comes down with cancer, Ruth organizes her time so efficiently, she takes not on all of her own legal classes (and passes the exams with flying colors), but all of his also. She reads her meticulous notes to him, types up his papers as he dictates them to her, then hands them in; all while doing her own massive amount of casework. When she realizes the facts are that she won’t get into a law firm due to her sex, she accepts the next logical choice, which is a teaching position at a university. On a case, Ruth accepts corrections about her mannerisms and the case itself, without becoming too emotionally compromised. She also delegates tasks to her legal aids, so as to divide up the workload. It doesn’t matter to her who gets the glory, so long as they win the case. She also figures out that winning small legal cases can help them change the law, one step at a time. Details. Details. Details. Ruth can rattle them off where other students falter. She not only knows the correct details of the case, but the case law that goes with it, and how that connects to a larger sphere of influence. She focuses on those details at first, especially with her first case, and then gradually comes to see the Ne bigger picture, which is that she can’t change the law with a full frontal assault; she has to hit it from multiple sides, on many different fronts, until she has chipped away at it so completely that it will crumble. Ruth becomes so locked into her own experiences that she fails to see the world has changed until she sees her own daughter displaying an aggressive, proactive feminist attitude. Her inferior Fi is excellent – Ruth passionately cares about social equality and advocates for it her entire life; but she also has a weak ability to understand and connect to her more emotional daughter. To Ruth, it’s all about putting in the hard work.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Ruth wants to improve the world. She sees how it could be better, if social equality was a legitimate thing under the law. So, she throws her heart and soul behind it, fighting for it on every front possible, until she succeeds. She is principled, self-disciplined, hard-working, and moral. She does not cut corners or cheat in her attempts to influence policy. Ruth tells it like it is, and does her duty without complaint – both as a professor/student and as a wife/mother. She is hard-working and ambitious, aware of how she comes across to others, and adaptable. She knows the value of forming alliances and going at things with others’ support. Her 2 wing wants to help others and makes her assertive.