A little girl’s post went viral a few weeks ago after she chose to dress not as a comic book superhero, but as a real life one.
Eight-year-old Michele Threefoot dressed as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her school’s Superhero Day.
Her mother, Krista, posted her photo on her Facebook page along with the caption, “Yes, world. Girls who read are dangerous.”
The image soon went viral and caught the eye of the justice herself, whose team reached out to the little girl’s mother and asked for her home address. They then sent her a delivery, which revealed a hand-written note by Ginsburg saying:
“Dear Michele: You look just like me! May you continue to thrive on reading and learning. Every good wish, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
The card was even emblazoned with a Supreme Court of the United States header.
Along with the handwritten message was another note which featured an inspiring quote about reading:
“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
Michele knew a lot about the 83-year-old justice because she read a children’s book based on Ginsburg titled “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,” Threefoot told Huffington Post.
She also said her daughter felt “super duper excited” to receive the letter.
“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,” Threefoot said.
Michele now plans to compose a thank you note to her hero.
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