Rest in Power: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Hannah Stai, News Editor

In rather recent news, America mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away at age 87. She died at home from pancreatic cancer surrounded by close friends and family. She now joins her late husband, Martin Ginsburg in the afterlife.

 

Serving from 1993, Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton as a moderate judge. Later in her career, she shifted to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg became the second woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Ginsburg spent much of her legal career advocating for gender equality and women’s rights. She was well known for winning arguments, but always respecting her opponent. Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, in 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

 

For three years, after Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement and before the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, RBG was the only female justice on the Supreme Court.

 

Ginsburg was notorious for her powerful and passionate dissents in cases. She helped fuel the fight against gender discrimination, protection for abortion rights, and protection for Native Americans.

 

Today, many women, young and old, continue to idolize RGB and her ideas. America must never forget the strength and bravery that Ruth Bader Ginsburg showed so effortlessly.