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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

In the battle for justice for all Americans, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a veritable hero. To put it plainly, she was a legend and a visionary. Her heroic fight against pancreas cancer was emblematic of her resilience, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon and a dedicated legal revolutionary, rose to prominence as a trailblazing lawyer for women's rights in the 1970's.

President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg in 1993 to serve on the Supreme Court. In recent years, she served as the Liberal wing's most senior member, providing daily progressive votes on the most divisive social topics, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, civil rights, health care, and affirmative action. As the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, she was a role model for millions of women and men whose lives were influenced by her legacy.

Less than seven weeks before the election, her death opens a political battle over the Supreme Court's future. Hours after the demise of Ginsburg, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." However, Ginsburg told her granddaughter that she wanted her successor to be chosen by the next President, days before her death.

A week after the demise of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the President appointed Amy Coney Barrett to take her seat in the country's highest court. If Congress accepts the President's nominee, the Supreme Court will become more conservative, and maybe even more likely to discuss abortion and weapons.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed American life. For women, she advanced equality in ways we now take for granted. To honor the Notorious RBG, we must continue the work left behind. Her work should serve to call anyone who has confidence in a more equitable society to take action.


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