On Friday, September 18, legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87. Not only was she an upstanding citizen and an honorable member of the Supreme Court, but she was a pioneer for women’s rights.
As a path trailblazer, the Notorious RBG was born in New York and studied law at Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia University. She spent years as a law professor, as the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. By 1993, she was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, also director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her later awards of the American Bar Association’s highest honor and her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame were a testament to her heroic acts in the feminist and civil rights movements.
Within her time as a justice, she championed many enormous victories throughout the country. She was the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony. Most notably, in the United States vs. Virginia case, she made it unconstitutional for the exclusion of qualified women from admissions into a school strictly because of their sex. Also, she rejected pay discrimination in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear, later leading to President Obama’s signing of equal pay legislation. In addition, she supported women’s reproductive rights and freedom in numerous cases. Her time in the court positively affected millions of women’s lives.
Ginsburg’s character was also of the highest caliber. A demonstration of her fierce and persevering attitude comes after she talks about the loss of her mother, her husband’s cancer struggle, as well as her own. She is known for saying, “I wasn’t going to just sit in the corner and cry,” showing her burning passion to achieve her goals and catalyze justice.
Although her loss is immense and a void will surely be felt by many, her legacy will carry on for decades to come. Her resilience throughout her life and fervor to fight until her very last day will surely inspire future generations of women in power to continue her fight, never letting her accomplishments dwindle away.