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EB: Can you talk a little about the influence that your parents had on you and on your career?
RBG: My mother was perhaps the most intelligent person I knew, but she lived in an age when a man felt dishonored if his wife worked. She died at age 48 after battling cervical cancer for four years. One of my most pleasant childhood memories is of my mother reading to me. When I could read on my own, she would take me on an excursion, a weekly excursion, to the library. She would leave me in the children’s section while she got her hair done next door, then pick me up with the three books I had selected to bring home that week.