The Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural on the intersection of 15th and U St. in DC. Photo taken by Joe in DC.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th. She had struggled with pancreatic cancer for at least 20 years and she lost her fight at 87 years old. The world has recently taken the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg very deeply. Many knew Ginsburg for her women’s rights advocacy, her intelligence and her many years in her role on the supreme court.

She served on the Supreme Court for 27 years and was seen as the most prominent member of the court. This role definitely did not come easy for Ginsburg. To be seen as the most prominent member of the court, Ginsburg had to work for that title. According to Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, Ginsburg was at the top of her class at Cornell University in 1954, and then later she furthered her education at Harvard Law.

“RBG was definitely the most influential, determined, and compassionate person the supreme courtroom has ever seen,” senior Bella Andrade said.

Even before Ginsburg’s supreme court days, Ginsburg experienced first hand the pressing issue of gender-based discrimination. Ginsburg was seen in courts fighting for women’s rights and gender equality. According to National Public Radio, in the 1980s when Ginsburg first began her courtroom-bound career, it was a law that women and men were treated differently. This was when Ginsburg started her RBG revolution.

“She changed how the word ‘equal’ is viewed: instead of accommodating for another, it is truly seeing the other.”

— Grace Pierpont

“She changed how the word ‘equal’ is viewed: instead of accommodating for another, it is truly seeing the other. She taught young women and girls to be independent and proud,” junior Grace Pierpont said.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left her mark on gender equality, the courtroom, and women’s rights. She will always be known as the notorious RBG. Rest in Peace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.