Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87

from NYTs

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon, died on Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

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  1. This article, and video, are a strong testimony to the legacy and integrity of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a political science student and aspiring law student, the work of Justice Ginsburg has frequently been a part of my studies and even personal interest. Her fervent work as a lawyer for the ACLU, as a judge, and justice, have all proved to be a shining example of what it means to advocate for equal rights and to uphold a fair application of the law. Justice Ginsburg has always been admired for her work in dismantling discrimination on the basis of sex, one clear example is the case Craig v. Boren, in which the Court “for the first time formally adopted the rule that official distinctions based on sex were subject to ‘heightened scrutiny’ from the courts” (Greenhouse). The idea of heightened scrutiny, which applies to cases involving discrimination based on sex or legitimacy, requires that a restriction be substantially related to an important government objective, rather than simply rationally related (as the less rigid “rational basis test” states). While one can argue that this difference in phraseology is simply that, the difference in legal tests provides increased legal protections for people being discriminating against based upon their sex, as judges must now consider these cases under a stricter view and are more critical of cases where sex discrimination is being witnessed.

    Yet, it is also interesting to note that Ginsburg, and even Justice O’Connor, fought to dismantle gender discrimination in a general sense of the term, even when that meant taking up a case to fight for a man’s right to benefits after the death of his wife (something that would be unquestionable if the genders had been reversed). Ginsburg argued throughout her career for the principle of ‘strict scrutiny’ to be applied to cases based on sex discrimination; and while this never occurred, she was immensely successful in her ability to persuade the Court to extend the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection to equality of the sexes. Her work arguing cases as a lawyer came to be reflective of many of her more ‘liberal’ decisions as a Justice, including recent decisions to uphold Obamacare as constitutional and to prevent the abolition of the DACA program. Famously, her majority opinion in United States v. Virginia struck down the all-male admissions policy of the Virginia Military Institute, passionately arguing that the Institute violated the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause by denying admission to women, based upon sex-based stereotyped and subjective gender roles (Greenhouse). Interestingly enough, I read this case for a class just last semester and truly admired the way Justice Ginsburg framed her argument, arguing that “[g]eneralizations about ‘the way women are,’ estimates of what is appropriate for most women, no longer justify denying opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description” (Greenhouse). Seemingly drawing from personal experience, Ginsburg makes the eloquent and compelling argument for equal treatment on the basis of sex, a legal principle defined by the judicial triumphs of the Notorious RBG.

    Justice Ginsburg has an incredibly inspiring story. From being denied clerkships and jobs because of her gender, to completing law school while raising a child and taking care of a sick husband, her tenacity and force of will shine through. Not enough can be said about the commitment Ruth Bader Ginsburg made to fighting for equal rights, especially in her own private life. To think that such an idolized figure came from a time period in which it was frequent practice for women to be denied opportunities because of their sex, speaks volumes of the work she was able to accomplish and the willpower she displayed.

    Lastly, it is unfortunate that the passing of the late-Justice has already resulted in such political turmoil. The fight over nominating a new justice in the late stages of the Trump presidency has brought back a similar situation to that which occurred during the 2016 election cycle. In both instances, the Senate majority has sought to implement its strength to pursue its political will, from denying President Obama a nomination in 2016 to forcing through a nomination for President Trump. It’s concerning that the makeup of the court can possibly be altered for decades to come if President Trump is granted his nomination. On the other hand, the reputation and integrity of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will remain unbroken, whether or not a new justice is confirmed.

  2. It should be said that all discussion on the matter of nominating someone in place of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg days after her passing is quite distasteful and a tad ignorant to the legacy left behind by the late jurist. Having lived a long, well-spent eighty-seven years in life, Ginsburg left behind a mountain of inspiration for both past generations and those to come to reflect upon. It is truly a shame that most conversation concerning the topic seemingly neglect her passing, and instead shift the focus on the potential political prospects. I suppose, that is, the way of events one should expect in today’s not-so-unified atmosphere. Every time a tragic event occurs, the politicians rather spend their time bickering back and forth, casting everyone’s eyes away from what matters most.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg set a monumental precedent, in terms of historical significance in the feminist scene. Fighting for equal rights among men and women, her radical approach on tackling sex-based discrimination prevailed in a time when its controversy might have caused some to turn their attention elsewhere to avoid scrutiny. Opposed to the common method of taking on responsibility of women in feminist-driven movements, Ginsburg used cases which men were the sole center of attention, in desperate need of her help. This set Ginsburg apart from her female and male counterparts, bringing more than just the feminists’ and activists’ attention to the table. Men, in fact, were the center of attention in many of her projects because it appealed to an audience larger than her cause and those who believed in it the most. At the end of the day, her voice, alongside the millions of others who relentlessly supported her, was heard.

    Often shrugged off for her ‘timid’ nature, barely surpassing five foot in height and slightly more than a hundred pounds, Ginsburg’s juxtaposed personality was larger-than-life with a fierce grip on how to handle manners in the most professional manner. Many dare go against the grain and disrespect the widely-renowned Justice Ginsburg, whose public acclaim gained her the alias, the ‘Notorious R.B.G.’ Her reception in the general public’s eye as being a oxymoronic living-martyr really accentuated her prominent role in today’s politics. Thank her for her outstanding efforts, even until death, to exemplify the value of eliminating discrimination, breaking the social norms.

    This article affects me; it really does. Without a doubt, this cast Justice Ginsburg in a well-deserved light, empathizing how much she really changed society to view the world as we do today. When we discuss the rights of women and men who wish to take time off for their beloved son(s) and/or daughter(s), thank Ginsburg for her priceless contributions to the notion that both parents deserve time with their children. As for now, look away from the hatred and poor judgement revolving around her replacement; this is inevitable, whether it be during the current or soon-to-be presidential term. What remains the same is that Ginsburg wanted a firm, strong, and unified nation which we all come together to work together to make a brighter future for us all.

    To the author that wrote this piece on Ginsburg’s life: thank you. I appreciate this.

  3. This past week, America has lost a very respected woman, who was also a justice in the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsberg left such a great legacy behind. This article and video mentions all of her accomplishments during her lifetime. She has fought for her life for many years with various types of cancers. Her time in the Supreme Court was an iconic one. She taught at many great universities and was the second woman to be appointed in the Supreme Court by former president Bill Clinton. She was a famous feminist , who fought for equal rights. She has inspired many young girls all over the United states. She had also fought for the rights of workers and separation of church and state. She was also known for her dissenting opinion on deciding the presidential election between Bush and Gore in 2000. She had also taken part in the decision of making same sex marriage legal in all 50 states, which she had shown support of. She had recently taken part in important decisions about DACA and Obamacare. She has shown that the person who takes her seat will have to live up to her reputation.

    There are many other things and laws that Ginsberg had taken part of in her time on the Supreme Court and it will be very difficult for someone to uphold the seat she had. Now what the nation has been wondering about is who is going to take her place. There are many debates going on stating that if president Trump should appoint someone to take her place during an election year. Some are saying that it is only fair to wait until the elections are done for the next president to appoint someone for the Supreme Court. Since former president Obama could not appoint a justice in 2016 because it was an election year. If president Trump does appoint the next justice to take her place it will make the Supreme Court lean more toward the conservative side, which can impact many controversial laws. Many of which include planned parenthood, same sex marriage, and gun laws. We need a justice who will be a voice for everyone in the United States. The next justice needs to keep in mind that when they make a decision about an important case that they try to appeal to the people of the United States. Ginsberg fought for equal rights for both men and women without discriminating against people based on their gender.

    In my opinion it would be fair to wait until the next president to be elected for them to appoint the next justice. There are less than 100 days until the election and there are many things that people need to consider when voting. Right now we are in a time where the people who live in the U.S. are so diverse and come from different backgrounds. The next justice needs to be that voice for the diversity that we see in this country.


  4. As we mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many analysts are trying to figure out what this means for the upcoming general election.
    First, Congress has been visibly polarized for years, and the recent rounds of fiscal stimulus have been one of the few times the public has witnessed any form of bipartisanship. Recently, it has been unable to pass another round of stimulus and face a government shutdown if a budget cannot be agreed upon.
    Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy before the November election. This clearly contradicts his decision to not hear former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland because it was an election year and “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president”. The nomination was awaiting a Senate hearing for 14 months before President Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch instead.
    This issue will likely keep Congress from agreeing to anything before the full results of the November election are final. The public’s perception of who is to blame for the stalemate will play a role in swaying voters. This looks to favor Democrats as the Republican-lead Senate look hypocritical.
    If the confirmation is scheduled for after the election, this could convert many “Never Trump” conservatives. This group of voters did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016 over concerns that he may not be a genuine conservative. Now, with a proven track record of nominating conservatives to Federal Courts, these voters may vote for Trump in order to guarantee the vacancy does not go to a Liberal.
    Whatever happens, the focus on the election will no longer be defined by the pandemic or economic recovery. The vacancy will take center stage as whoever fills it will shape the decisions of the court for decades to come.

  5. I was not able to comprehend RBG’s death when I first saw the news. She was a crusader for women’s rights and many privileges I have, I owe to her for giving them to me. I can sign on a mortgage and have a bank account without a man as my co-signer, I will not be discriminated against at work, and I can have children while still being able to work, for example. RBG was a pioneer for the true meaning of feminism – the equality of the sexes. She did not only give women their true constitutional rights that were originally being stripped of them but also fought for men in the sense that gender roles were to be omitted.

    She was a crucial piece of the U.S. Supreme Court and her death makes me fear for the future of this country. How can Mitch McConnel believe that now is the right time – 41 days until the election – for Trump to nominate a new justice? When Justice Scalia died 11 months was not considered enough time to nominate a new justice. If this happens, it’s clear that it’s now Trump’s America. It is in a time like this where I can only hope that our justice system and system of checks and balances prevail.

    RBG’s death immediately made me think of that the future of this country is. I am still wrapping my head around the fact that Roe v. Wade is more likely than not going to be overturned. Just the idea of that scares me. Women’s rights are going to be stripped of them – we would be taking several steps backward. And there is no way it would be for religious purposes. It is clear that the president does not live by the Bible (“love thy neighbor?” “thou shall not commit adultery?”) – this would be solely about controlling women.

    I hope that RBG’s wishes will come true of her chair on the Supreme Court not being filled until the election. She gave us a great sense of what can happen if we all fight for equality, not just rely on people holding a higher position to do it for us. It really says something about our legal system/ political climate that the rights of so many Americans and immigrants were relying on an 87-year-old woman fighting cancer and working an 80-hour work week.

  6. This article and video appropriately honor the loss experienced by a nation of an icon who paved the way for millions of citizens of whom she never met. The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a saddening shock to me and my family. iPhones became lit with notifications and tv programming was interrupted by breaking news all announcing the death of a feminist icon. All had the same message of mourning the loss of this icon yet celebrating the accomplishments she had achieved in her lifetime. My family and I sat in quiet, not knowing how to express the thoughts we had. I had always known of her powerful opinions and remarkable arguments, but I was never aware of the countless adversities she had to overcome in order to gain her seat on the Supreme Court.

    I have RBG to thank for my ability, as a woman, to pursue a career in the field of law. She was confident and fought for what she knew was right, creating the changes that we all needed in our world. Serving on the Supreme Court, her goal was to enlighten her male counterparts to major sex-discriminatory issues one decided case at a time. Having a mild manner, yet fierce and proactive opinions allowed RBG to gain respect of women around the world fighting the cultural expectations the world had for them. RBG may have been small in appearance, but that did not stop her from making these immense and landmark strides throughout her career. She fought for the national reforms that all women needed while fighting her own battles of cancer throughout her career.

    Following the filling of her seat on the Supreme Court, I sincerely hope that RBG’s ideals are upheld and continually promoted through case decisions. Our world has come so far because of her, we cannot stop here—there is so much more to accomplish. For women everywhere, we need someone to lead our fight to true equality in the world once dominated by men. We have always needed and will always need the principles of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to continue to reform our world.

  7. As disheartening as it is to hear of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am completely inspired by her life’s journey. There is so much essence to Ginsburg’s legacy that honestly my response could not do her story justice. However, what especially stood out to me throughout her legacy was her transparency about the obscurity she felt being the only female justice at a moment in time. So much so, Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to her “years as the solitary female justice [as] ‘the worst times.’” Her openness and transparency resonated with me because as a short, soft-spoken, and African American minority myself, I often wonder if I will be able to fulfill my pursuit and desire to be a lawyer and fight for the rights of minorities. However, Ginsburg’s life story shows me that I can be a change agent in the world and that I can even do so with flying colors. Ginsburg is the embodiment of what a role model for women looks like, but not because she was what we would define as “sucessful,” but she made sure that the phrase “we the people” included women too. In addition to many things, under the fourteenth amendment, Ruth Ginsburg fought so women could not be excluded from admissions into Virginia Military Institute. Ginsburg ensured that as long as women met the same qualifications that the men were judged by, women could not be denied access to VMI. The ruling in United States v. Virginia was the beginning of dismantling gender roles in America, especially the roles that were intended to revoke opportunities away from women.

    One of the things that makes Ruth Bader Ginsburg highly honorable and remarkable is that she faced adversity, but nevertheless, she prevailed. For example, before she even scratched the surface at Harvard Law School, her husband faced testicular cancer. At the same time, Ginsburg aided her husband in the process of graduating law school and recovering for cancer, all while raising a daughter. Contrary to the present day, no one expected a woman to attend Harvard. Through it all, Ginsburg was able to find her passion and calling and now I have someone to look up to during my pursuit of impacting the world. While no one will ever be able to fill her shoes, her legacy sparked a zeal in many of us who desire to do great and big things.

    Honestly, I believe the best way to uphold her legacy is to give America the time to remember her for all her accomplishments and wait to appoint a new justice until after the election. Ginsburg was on the United States Supreme Court because she truly cared about the people. Ginsburg did not just advocate for women’s rights, she pursued cases that would later change the systemics of gender in America. I think America needs someone with the same scope of interest in order to continue the pursuit of equality. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a woman’s hope for a better future and if it was not for her, we would not have the opportunities we have today. America does not just need a replacement, we need someone who is strategic about eradicating the gender roles women are expected to play in America just as Ruth Bader Ginsburg was.

  8. 2020 has been filled with a lot of tragedies and chaos. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is extremely saddening, and I wish the best for her loved ones through this very difficult time. In every bad situation, I try to look at the positive side of things to have a better attitude about, but this was one of the ones that were difficult. One positive thing is that the change and effect that Justice Ruth Ginsburg had our country are irreversible and she was one of the best things for women equality in a long time. I liked this article because I was able to do research on her and I had never really done that before. Honestly, I did not know she was as small as she was, but I read a little about her training and I was impressed. It is amazing to me all that she was able to accomplish. One thing that stuck out to me in the book and also showed what kind of person she was is what she said celebrating her 80th birthday and 20th anniversary on the Supreme Court bench during President Obama’s second term when she stated that she planned to stay “as long as I can do the job full steam,” There was a time when she was the only women serving as a supreme court justice. I really commend her because we have this little lady alongside eight men and she was handling business. Ruth Ginsburg’s amazing work got her very to be very popular amongst many people. With the gross president that we have had for the last for years, Ruth Ginsburg served as a role model for the people who thought differently about women than him. RBG was all about women empowerment and equal opportunities of women and I think that a powerful woman makes our current president insecure. I am all for women having equal rights, especially black women. Women are such an important piece of society and actually have it harder most times than men. Her life was filled with validation by many important people that prove her credibility even further. Although the great RBG, unfortunately, passed away, she accomplished so many great things and her legacy lives on forever.

  9. Recently, the United States has suffered the loss of an icon, a legend, and a hero, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As mentioned in the article, Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. At first, people were not very thrilled about the appointment due to her past rulings on cases as a federal judge. People did not see her as fit to represent the Democratic party. Nonetheless, RBG would prove throughout her career that President Clinton did not make a mistake.
    Throughout her career, RBG fought for the rights of sex equality and fought against sex discrimination, while facing sex discrimination while sitting as a judge. Due to her petite frame, short stature, and soft-spokenness, she was often not taken seriously by her male colleagues and other individuals in the courtroom. Such discrimination against women is a very prevalent issue in the workplace today. Oftentimes, when in a conference or meeting, women’s ideas may go overlooked or even get stolen by their male colleagues. Additionally, women may be seen as incompetent to perform certain tasks due to their gender. A major issue with gender discrimination in the workplace in the gender pay gap where men are paid more for having the same qualifications and performing the same tasks as their female counterparts. Some other examples of sex or gender discrimination are being refused promotions, being insulted or called derogatory names, and being rejected or given less tasks due to pregnancy. An example of this that was very near and dear to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was her mother’s story. As described in the video embedded in the article, her mother sacrificed her education so that her brother, Ruth’s uncle, could have an education, all while raising a daughter. From her mother’s experience, RBG was inspired and passionate about sex equality and proving to her mother that she could be somebody.
    From this point on, Justice Ginsburg was dedicated and made it her goal “to persuade the Supreme Court that the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection applied not only to racial discrimination but to sex discrimination as well.” One of RBG’s successful cases was Frontiero v. Richardson in 1973 where she successfully passed that the husbands of women in the military should be awarded and are entitled to the same benefits as wives of male soldiers. A similar case was Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld in 1975 which “challenged a Social Security provision that assumed wives were secondary breadwinners whose incomes were unimportant to the family and therefore deprived widowers of survivor benefits.” These cases and many more proved that RBG was true to her owrd when she meant sex equality. She was not just protecting sex equality for women as many assumed, but she actively sought to have sex equality for both men and women. Winning case after case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg built a reputation and following as a very important and critical for sex equality. People compared her to Thurgood Marshall but for gender and sex discrimination and even gave her nicknames such as Notorious R.B.G. Many females and males, myself included, looked up to her and saw her as a legend and icon based on the monumental changes and impact she has made. RBG will be and is now a historical figure. Her death has made millions question the future of our country as it has been disregarded by political figures. Already, there has been thoughts and whispers of her replacement without even honoring and allowing the public to mourn her death. Overall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy will live on forever. The future of justice in the United States is unknown; however, I encourage everyone to remain hopeful and continue to have the same fighting spirit as our beloved, Notorious R.B.G.

  10. Before I can sufficiently discuss the impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on American life, I must begin by saying I am deeply saddened by the sheer loss America has suffered in the wake of her passing. She was a feminist icon and principled jurist rolled into one. There is no shortage of waves that ripple outward from her influence on the judicial branch of the U.S. government.

    As a patriotic American, I ought to have some capacity to mourn her loss without fear for the political consequences, if even for just a moment. And yet, this was my immediate thought process upon digesting the news: grief…women’s rights in jeopardy…and the fate of the Affordable Care Act. As a direct result of her passing, my significant other and I have both entertained discussions of life-altering fertility surgery. We simply cannot afford an unplanned pregnancy, and her medical conditions make the likelihood of fetal complications very high. We have also talked about whether we will be able to afford health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is declared unconstitutional by a 6-3 conservative court. My significant other has several pre-existing conditions that would likely make her un-insurable or dramatically increase her healthcare premiums.

    Ultimately, the fact that I have to even think of these terrifying scenarios in the wake of this woman’s passing is a result of widespread political and legal dysfunction. For one, the American political climate, both at home and in the Capitol, is so virulently toxic that the immediate action of one side is to pounce upon this moment of grief as an opportunity for political gain. In addition to the short-term political distress we face, there are flaws in the American judicial branch that have long persisted in the discourse. If the ongoing politicization of the Court continues, the powers of the Federal government will no longer be buffered by the powers of an independent judiciary. This is cause for concern on both sides of the political aisle, between liberals calling for court expansion and the laundry-list of controversies of the Trump appointments.

  11. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a woman whose legacy will outlive her for decades to come. She was a woman of great valor and strong ambition. Her impact on United States legislation and regulation has changed the lives of countless men and women in a nation that preaches equality but has yet to truly recognize it among all walks of life. I recall a podcast by CNN, entitled RBG: Beyond Notorious, where she advised her granddaughter to, “be fiercely independent, but also ‘be a lady.'” I believe this is a wonderful way to remember the incredible woman that RBG was. In the United States, there has always been an incredible disparity between people of diverse backgrounds. Justice Ginsburg took it upon herself to make a difference in the American legislation through countless cases and opinions she worked throughout her career.

    Justice Ginsburg spent her entire career working towards eliminating the gender based stereotyping that was built into the American government system. A small woman with a large dream, Justice Ginsburg reflected so much of what our generation strives for which is why her passing has become so much more impactful to the people of America today more than ever. Even prior to when Justice Ginsburg took her seat on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s understanding of the depth of the law in how it affected men as well as women were evident in her client base. By representing men in the face of inequality in the law RBG practiced the truest form of feminism that I could think of. Feminism strives for equality among all sexes, not just women, and RBG did everything in her power to make that message known.

  12. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an amazing woman who served her country. She was a woman’s advocate and feminist and fought the social conventions we have. Not only was she a leading woman’s rights lawyer, but an associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She did what most women were afraid to do, “erase the functional differences between men and woman in society”. The amazing thing about her was that not only did she fight for woman’s rights, but she helped with men’s rights as well. She had a case in New Jersey where a man’s wife died and he wanted to work less and be more present in his sons life. She argued that women and men should be treated as one in the same, winning her case. This was a big win for her because this case argued her point that while men and woman are genetically different, everything else about them are the same and equal. As she put it, we should put women on a pedestal and not keep them in a cage.

    Later on in her life, she went to Cornell and met her first love, where they shared an equal partnership and he appreciated her for her brain, not just looks. Ginsberg, after graduation went on to law school where she got pregnant with her first daughter. After law school, she went to Sweden to observe their feminism where woman did not have to chose between home life and a job. After her trip, she came back to America, ready to launch her “radical project” that will change the game of equal rights. She began building constitutional protections, taking on radical cases dealing with equality.

    After years of hard work, Ginsberg was elected by President Carter to become a federal judge and this began her rise to the top. Then, becoming a Justice to the Supreme Court. In her VMI case, she questioned the validity of whether it violated the constitution, convincing all but one justice to take her position. She won the case, allowing women to be enrolled in VMI, aiding in her equal rights journey. As the court become more right, it made her views, opinion and voice louder. Ginsberg, after dealing with multiple cancers and loved ones deaths, she pushed through because this was her job and her duty. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the face of women’s rights and equal rights and will never be forgotten. Her life’s work will continue to be put to use in fight for equality across the world. She was an amazing women who will live on in America forever.

  13. For a Human Rights icon like supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to die at a time like this in a country, it truly opened the eyes of many of us and made us reflect on her impact and what direction she would want our country to go in moving forward. 2020 has been stressful and disheartening year for many us, from COVID-19 to tragic police shootings to endless political chaos and the deaths of figures like John Lewis and Justice Ginsburg, many have spent this year thinking about equal rights and the impact the upcoming election will have on them. If the 2020 election didn’t already have enough at stake, the open seat on the supreme court is a massive decision that adds even more significance to the presidential election. While we aren’t sure yet if Congress will be able to approve President Trumps nomination before the November Election, it is said that Justice Ginsburg’s final wish was for Congress to wait until the new president is elected to choose her replacement. This speaks volumes on RBG’s dedication to change and the importance she saw in this upcoming decision. Even in the last days of her life, she was still thinking about our country and the endless issues we face racially and politically at this time. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer for women’s rights and advocate for the American people for her entire incredible life, and now is time for all of us to give thanks to her for everything she did to move this country forward.

  14. After reading this article, there was nothing for me to say other than Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves everyone’s respect. Honestly, I did not know who or what Ruth Bader Ginsburg did before this news article, but I am truly glad and thankful to have come across this article. Over the span of her tenure as a member of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg wanted nothing more than equality especially towards women’s rights. What I love the most about Ms. Ginsburg is her ability to stand up and fight for herself, despite her size difference. Although Ms. Ginsburg was “barely five feet tall and weighing 100 pounds”, she was able to accomplish problems, certainly something that I could never do. She stood in front of eight other men in court and delivered numerous testimonies supporting women’s rights for many different cases. Personally, Ms. Ginsburg’s bravery and determination is convincing enough for me to support her cause. What Ms. Ginsburg did during her reign in the Supreme Court is unfathomable and there are a very small number of people who can do what she did. Another thing that I appreciate a lot from Ms. Ginsburg is how humble she is. Ms. Ginsburg is one of those people who I believe has every right to be very proud and overconfident in herself because of the tremendous accomplishments she has reached. However, this is not the case for Ms. Ginsburg, as she truly believes in being respectful. On Ms. Ginsburg’s 80th birthday and 20th anniversary of being in the Supreme Court, “she shrugged off a chorus of calls for her to retire”. In this scenario, I believe that Ms. Ginsburg definitely deserved more than a chorus and a round of applause for her, but even that to her was too much; Ms. Ginsburg’s main goal was just to get justice for everyone so that everyone can be happy. The fact that she was very cool about calling off the chorus shows how humble and great of a person she really was. I believe that Ms. Ginsburg’s name should deserve more recognition; in my 19 years of living, it is sad that I did not know Ms. Ginsburg until this article. Her tremendous accomplishments and reasoning for advocating women’s rights should be displayed as a heroic and very influential individual. Thank you Ms. Ginsburg, your legacy will forever be with us and remembered.

  15. Sometimes the first way you learn about someone important can be really unusual. In the case of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I never heard of her until 2019, when I went with my younger and older sister to see The LEGO Movie 2 in theaters. In the movie, there is a LEGO wedding that occurs, and the main villain invites guests from all over the multiverse. They announce them via a roll call, and some of the names included the Tin Man from Oz, Milhouse from the Simpsons, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg from real life. Knowing the first two quite well but unaware of the last, after the movie ended I took out my phone and decided to “Google” her. I was quite embarrassed to learn that she was a highly respected Supreme Court judge who had an impact outside of the court itself. In fact, she even had a devoted fan base of all things. Understanding her importance, I then decided to pay more attention to her name popping up again, whether in the news or in other avenues. Unsurprisingly for someone of her caliber, which I would again find out later, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a woman who weld amazing influence in a way that no justice has before or ever really will. This influence was mainly directed at the executive branch that started around the end of 2016 up until her death, and this influence comprised of using her unique and passionate voice to bring reason back into a divided federal government. Not one to rest on her laurels, which were multitude, she was a deeply moral woman who saw herself as a advocate for change. As for myself, I kept an ear out for mentions of her, and there were a lot of them in the news those days. One of the more distressing tidbits I would pick up on was the possibility of her death. Even in late 2019, there were discussions about what would happen if current president Donald Trump was able to replace her in his term. Discussion like this intensified when she was hospitalized for a short time, though I shared that same worry as well. My older sister apparently saw her in an almost idealized light, as she was someone she really respected. In fact, after her death, my sister was floored that I only learned about her after watching The LEGO Movie 2 of all things, and I was almost ashamed to say I did not keep my eye on the news as much as I should have during my high school days. So when I sat down and read this article in the Times, I felt not the satisfaction of reliving why a popular figure was so loved, but the disappointment in myself for not being as politically savvy as I should have. It makes no real difference whether one single citizen pays attention to what happens or who the people in the government are, but if RBG has taught me anything, its that we all need to be involved in our government to keep it honest and fair.

  16. The most surprising influence that Justice Ginsburg has had was her sudden iconography among politically charged youth on the internet. Generation Z’s passion for political change and overhaul of the internet has led to a popularization of political enthusiasm. This internet culture of cultivating awareness of current events and societal issues has caused an idealization of political figures and activists like never before. With this rise in political awareness came the rise of Justice Ginsburg’s face on young girl’s bedroom walls, gift shop bobble-heads, and the pages of children’s books. I, myself, had not heard of the distinguished supreme court justice until five years ago when her gray bun and round glasses were seen everyday on social media and graphic t-shirts.

    With Justice Ginsburg’s passing, her celebrity will live on to continue to inspire young women whose lives have benefited from the implementation of Justice Ginsburg’s work for sex equality. Her passing not only reminds her supporters of her power but the power of women in government and the necessary changes they have made and will continue to make in the lives of Americans. With her untimely passing so close to the next elections, her life so vivid in our memories serves as motivation to continue her work forward and vote.

  17. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a class act individual. She did so much for our country and advocated for change in a respectful manner. She battled cancer for a long time, But continued to work as a justice. She put her passion and love of her position above her own health. This is a commendable trait, It is disturbing that immediately following her death, talk of her replacement began. These conversations prevent individuals from mourning the loss of a great woman. Instead of people remembering the great things that she did for our country, it has turned to brutal politics. One party wanting to replace her so that they can have a justice that will lean towards their beliefs, The other wanting to wait for the election to pass so that the newly elected president can put a justice of their choosing. Regardless of political beliefs it is disgraceful that this conversation is taking place. Let a woman who gave her life to upholding the constitution, rest in peace. Let those close and dear to her, mourn her loss. Let everyone remember the wonderful things she did for the country. Let politics sit on the back burner for just a little while. Let us all show some respect.

  18. Appointed in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been fighting to eliminate discrimination and stereotyping by gender in legislation and regulation. She was the second women to sit on the Supreme Court in the 212 year history. Ginsburg graduated first in her class at the Columbia Law School, law was an uncommon profession to pursue as a women back then and even still is today. She fought for equal pay when she became professor at Rutgers University. Ginsburg has been an inspiration to many women and with her recent passing has become even more prominent.

    As Americans we must never forget what Ginsburg has done for citizens of the US. Her greatness is undeniable and she is, without a doubt, an American icon. Even if you disagree with her decisions you cannot take away the impact that she has had in American law

  19. The article and video are a great representation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy. As we mourn Ginsburg’s death this past week, we look back upon her life and her accomplishments in her work for justice and equal rights. She has fought for equal rights, rights of workers, and much more. She taught at many big universities and was name to the United States Supreme Court in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. Sadly, she had been fighting a battle with cancer for many years of her life. Just when Ginsburg thought she was cancer free; the cancer came back in May 2020 and lead to her death in September 2020 due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.

    After the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are left to wonder who should be the one to replace Ginsburg in the Supreme Court. We live in a time where America is being split up. People are desperately asking for change to occur so those of different color and backgrounds are not mistreated inhumanely. Ginsburg, although fighting for women’s rights, never discriminated against men and trialed everyone equally. We need someone in the Supreme Court to hold the same integrity. However, the timing for appointing someone new could not be worse. We are less than six weeks away from November 3rd which is election day. This brings up the question whether President Donald Trump has the authority to appoint someone now, since former President Barack Obama was not able to back in 2016. Personally, I think that regardless who wins the presidential election, the decision to appoint someone to the Supreme Court should be delayed until next year. Regardless, I hope that whoever is appointed to fill in the shoes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg strives to keep her integrity and continue to reform our country.

  20. Not even 20 minutes before I dived into Shannonweb earlier today, my friends and I were discussing the significance of the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. Our conversation centered around the “what’s next?” that many people are feeling right now into this coming weekend. The importance of what she has done and her absence is going to echo for years to come in a multitude of ways. Not only is Ginsburg coming into public light now after her passing, but she has been an ever-evolving icon in the Judicial and political system of the U.S. Until recently, I had only heard about Ruth in passing, or even seen a political cartoon or two mentioning the tough, small in stature powerhouse.

    My menial understanding had been she was a fighter of women’s rights. Quite frankly, I felt a knock to my chest as I read this article, learning the depth of ways this incredible person has had an effect on my country and citizens of all genders. I’m so glad my understanding has been enlightened from merely wondering about the possible shift of power in the seats of the Supreme Court Justices to the nuances of RBG’s impact. One of my favorite draws from her bank of quotes the article includes the discussion on roles of women, more specifically, how the conversation should really be focused on the role of both men and women as people. Ginsburg employed long-form tactics in her expansion of equality, appealing to her fellow Justices through both sides of the bench.

    Reading about her story of law school, to her time teaching at Columbia in the 70s while fighting discrimination cases for the A.C.L.U. was eye opening. The fact that she tackled the inherent sexual discrimination of the legal system at the time by thinking of it like a knot with two ends is brilliant. Her deeds while litigating opened up the road for her to the Justice Seat in 1993. She not only achieved Justice status, but I agree with the article in that she basically achieved “gangsta” status (parallels to Biggie Smalls were mentioned). If a proverbial mic could be dropped in the dry, bureaucratic halls of the Supreme Court, RBG did on the day she once declared “the ball is in Congress’s Court.” And guess what happened next? This prompted the legislative body to play ball with her on the subject of discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    If there is one more thing to say on RBG in a mere dissection of this astounding woman’s career, it would be to know she was so known for her views, her commitment to progress, and morals that she had a dedicated “dissent collar.” Let it be known that there are big shoes to fill despite her small stature. The heart and brain of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will surely be missed and I hope to see her work, opinions, and philosophies discussed as much as I see ones from Antonin Scalia and the like. We live in such an intense political and legally imperative time that I will do my best to honor RBG by spreading her importance.

  21. Admittedly, prior to reading this article and watching the video, I was unaware of how truly remarkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in practically all aspects of her life. I was very interested to learn about Ruth’s background, especially about her mother. Celia Ginsburg was an exceptional student but sacrificed it all to put her brother through college. After learning about Ruth’s mother, it’s clear to see where Ruth learned about determination and grit. To have a mother with such impressive ambitions for their daughter, especially in the early 1900’s was almost unprecedented. My heart broke after learning Ruth’s mother passed before she could even see her daughter graduate high school. Not only did she miss her daughters biggest achievement up until that point, but she also was unable to experience all the incredible things her daughter did in the years to follow. Years after her mother’s passing , RBG confirmed my thoughts, and expressed that much of her determination was derived from striving to have a life her mother could have only dreamed about.

    Learning about certain details of her college years also thoroughly impressed and inspired me. She met and married a man who loved her for all that she was and truly saw her as his equal. Following his graduation from Cornell, Marty enrolled at Harvard Law School and a year later Ruth joined him. There Ruth was 1 of 9 women out of more than 550 students. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she was taking it all on with a new baby girl right there with her. At this point in the video, RBG had officially locked down the “number one role model” position in my mind. But what is even more incredible, at this point in her life, she had merely scratched the surface! Following Marty’s cancer diagnosis, Ruth took it upon herself to take all his notes and made sure he was able to graduate on time, all while simultaneously taking care of both him and her young daughter and getting through law school herself.

    After law school, Ruth set her sights on her work and understanding how it was possible to organize society. Arguably, this focus became a mission and then ultimately her life’s work. After her study in Sweden, she returned to the US with her intentions set on a radical project to demolish gender discrimination. RBG took on ground breaking cases, many representing men who made claims that traditionally would have been considered “women’s claims”. Unfortunately, when people talk about equal rights among men and women, many people think of more recent feminist movements, specifically ones that promote the most radical side of the movement. As a result, the movement is discredited immediately by its critics. However, I think RBG’s agenda and course of action to achieve equal rights is so important because she truly wanted both men and women to be on “equal footing”. As a result, her legal crusade quickly caused profound change in the law and daily life.

    Despite all of her accomplishments both on and off the bench, I find this woman most profound for her resilience to adversity as a result of her dedication for what she believes in, and knows is right. Looking at her personal medical history, the losses of her most loved ones, and all the other scrutiny RBG was faced with over the course of her life, not once did she show weakness. No matter what side of politics you fall on, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, accomplishments, willpower, and absolute grit can never be debated. It is with great sadness these remarks come due to the passing of such an incredible and influential woman, whose presence is already greatly missed. Having said this, I have great confidence that there are plenty of people in this country ready to continue her mission and fight to see a world RBG would be proud of.

  22. If 2020 cannot get any worse, here it is. On September 18th, we truly lost an icon. When I first read that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away I was at a loss of words. My sincere condolences to her family. Ruth Ginsburg was truly a femisnist icon as she fought for women’s rights. She fought for gender equality as there were laws that restricted what a woman could do on both a state and federal level. She got her inspiration after the death of her mother who dropped out of school in order to put her brother in college. “She wanted to live a life that her mother could have only dreamed of” ( NYTIMES).
    As a law professor and a leader of the ACLU she took on many cases about sex discrimination. Not only did she fight for women but she also fought for men. She had a case where one man fought for benefits after his wife died. He wanted to be home more often to raise his daughter. However, this was not offered to widowers, only widows. She was able to give that man the same rights to benefits as women.
    Eventually in the 1980’s she was nominated to be a federal judge and later nominated for the Supreme Court. Despite her ties to the ACLU she remained pretty moderate and it stayed like that up to her passing. When the world heard the news that she is no longer with us, many people began to speculate who will replace her. There have been discussions where the current administration will replace her before the upcoming election and there are discussions that the next president should appoint a new justice. Now that she’s gone the next justice will have very big shoes to fill. She was an inspiration for many like myself. Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be a lawyer. As I got older, I would read about some of the cases she worked on. I remember when I was about 13 or 14 I read about the United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S 515 (1996). Paraphrasing of course, I remember that she said it was unconstitutional to generalize that all women would not be able to meet the demands of the institution, however those that do should not be excluded and that really stuck out to me.

  23. The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tragic loss for the United States. Regardless of your political beliefs, I hope everyone can recognize how much she has done for our country and the legacy she has left behind. She garnered the support of all women around the country due to her constant and successful reform and implementation of laws aimed at the protection of women. Ever since 1993 when she joined the Supreme Court, and even before that when she was on U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, she has been an advocate for equal rights. Her goal through her whole career was “to persuade the Supreme Court that the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection applied not only to racial discrimination but to sex discrimination as well” (Greenhouse). The thought that sex discrimination was even a problem before Ruth was non-existent. Although her contributions are far too many to list here, here are some of the most important things she helped accomplish for women: she is the reason state-funded schools admit women, she helped women sign a mortgage/have a bank account without a male, she helped further the issue of equal pay, she gave pregnant women rights and protection, and she played a major role in making same-sex legal. Due to this, young girls are seen dressing up as Ruth for Halloween and older women got tattoos of her. She is an inspiration to everyone.
    Obviously, Donald Trump and Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not see eye to eye, as just four years ago Donald was fighting for the presidency against Hillary Clinton, the wife of the man who appointed Ruth to the Supreme Court. When he first heard of her death he genuinely looked saddened and admitted she was a great woman who lived a great life. However, shortly after her death, he disrespected her dying wish, saying “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Pelosi?”. Additionally, the Trump campaign quickly took advantage of her death and made t-shirts that read “fill that seat”. This is only a little comical, considering that the republicans, specifically Mitch McConnell, was strongly against Obama filling the vacancy in the Supreme Court since he was on his way out. McConnell actually said “Use my words against me” back in 2016. “In 2016, many Republicans argued that allowing a vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year would break historic precedent. They argued that the American people deserved a chance to have their say” The willingness of these republicans to be so obviously hypocritical is scary, and it is even scarier who Trump nominee to fill Ruth’s vacancy. Amy Coney Barrett is bad news for women and a direct disgrace to RBG’s legacy.
    It is disappointing to see what the state of politics has come to in our country, but it is more important than ever to make sure you are voting and making your voice heard.

  24. RIP to Ruth Bader. She was an associate of the Supreme Court of the United States starting from 1993. She was nominated by former president Bill Clinton. She was born in Brooklyn Ny just like me. There is many work and very hard earned respect that we don’t give or see in this world and is over viewed by others. This is one of the things that people didn’t see out of Ruth. She helped us in many ways for example, women can have bank accounts or sign a mortgage without needing a male in it. This is important because women would have to look for a man in order to put a mortgage on a house or open up and bank account and that wouldn’t be easy because for those things you need very big trust and you need to also work very hard and get to know your partner more, you can just want a male for your beings. She had something to due with why same sex marriage is legal and why we should have more people come out and feel comfortable. She also advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties in the 1970’s. Her main fight was for gender equality and women’s rights and she won many arguments in the Supreme Court. Ruth was the first jewish women and second women to serve in court. Despite what she believed in and what political parties she believed in, she did her job and did what was right for the world, and now we have those rights due to voting. I would most likely disagree with her thinking and her choices made because she was a republican, and I am against the republican parties and all, but she did what was right for women and their rights and made a lot of people rethink twice. To do more or have more of these kind of rules, we should remember to vote and see why we are having the problems we are having and how it plays out and hopefully we get a better president in charge and make the changes that need to be made and we seek change.

  25. The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had an indescribably profound impact on me. It seemed as if our nation too, held its breath at the news of her death. I refrained from writing a post for this article last week, because I felt that I could not properly find the words to express my admiration for Justice Ginsburg. A humble champion of women’s rights, later catapulted to fame and pop-culture stardom, Justice Ginsburg paved the way for equal rights in this country for both men and women alike. As a young woman of this generation, I take for granted the work that Justice Ginsburg so tirelessly did to ensure my rights. She played an enormous part of giving me and so many others a place at the table, fighting for the inclusion of women in “all places where decisions are being made.”

    Though women have made up a vast amount of ground in establishing equality, I often find myself subconsciously conforming to the social constructs that define femininity. For example, I want to be passionate, fiery, and speak my mind; but at times tend to restrain myself, for fear of these mannerisms not seen as “ladylike.” I believe a great deal of my admiration for Justice Ginsburg stems from the fact that she embraced her femineity while acknowledging her power, grit, and intelligence. She gave so many due representation in demonstrating that those who identify as women and speak their minds are not “outspoken.” Justice Ginsburg was unafraid to express her views and stand up for her interpretation of the law, even in the face of adversity. As referenced in this article, “Barely five feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, Justice Ginsburg drew comments for years on her fragile appearance.” Imagine being in the highest legal position in the United States of America, and people are still concerned with your stature rather than being judged solely on your merit; this is something that women face every day, yet Justice Ginsburg used this as a driving factor in her tireless work.

    Finally, I am in awe of the fact that the late Justice Ginsburg fought until the very end of her life to maintain her presence on the Supreme Court. Working through pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and broken ribs while making nation defining decisions sounds like no walk in the park. Justice Ginsburg was aware that her seat on the court mattered immensely in this polarizing political climate and did everything in her power to hold on to the very end as she expressed on her deathbed, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” As a true testament to her dedication, she was thinking about the future of our nation even in her last days. Upsettingly, it does not seem as though her dying wish will be granted; however, I feel that the best way supporters of the late Justice Ginsburg can honor her legacy is to go out and vote come November.

  26. I was very sad to here of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died at her home at the age of 87. Ginsberg was the second women to serve on the supreme court and was a huge advocate for women’s right. She passed due to “complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.” In 2013, many people were calling for her to retire due to her old age and so that the democrats could nominate the candidate for the supreme court they wanted. When Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired in 2006 it left Ginsberg as the only women on the supreme court. Ginsberg stated that when she was the only women it was “the worst times” because she thought being the only women was “not a good image for the public to see.” Luckily, Ginsberg was joined by two more women, Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010, on the supreme court. When President Trump was running for election in 2016, she clearly was not a fan of his calling him a “faker.” When later interviewed, she mentioned how her comments were “ill advised”. Ginsberg means so much to women in our country and Dahlia Lithwick who writes for the Atlantic had this quote to summarize how important she was, “today, more than ever, women starved for models of female influence, authenticity, dignity, and voice hold up an octogenarian justice as the embodiment of hope for an empowered future.” Ginsberg has been described by many as the Thurgood Marshall of the women’s rights movement because she was the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s. I personally was fascinated when reading this article because I truly never knew much about Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the impact she had. When she died, many women in our country were posting on social media about how impactful she was. It takes a lot for anyone to serve on the supreme court and she did an amazing job while also dealing with tons of criticism just because she was a woman. I did not realize how much of a pioneer she was for women’s rights and she did a lot to get was they fairly deserved. I hope Ginsberg is mentioned in our country’s history for the rest of time because she left a huge impact. I really enjoyed reading this article and learning more about this fantastic women.

  27. No matter what political party you stand for, the passing of Ruth Ginsburg impacted many people. It is amazing how in just her short time here on earth she changed so much for the better. She was an educated, sympathetic, and common sense woman who loved the law and justice. There wasn’t a man or woman who is equal to what she did for equality. She fought for the rights of women to choose life, work without discrimination, purchase homes, and many other amazing things. Even though President Trump and her didn’t see eye to eye on many things, he too, recognized her for her incredible life and how much she has done. I think it definitely will be hard to find another woman like her to replace her spot in the Supreme Court, but I am certain that there is someone out there that will follow in her footsteps.

    Throughout her twenty seven years of being on the Supreme Court, she saw the Court with her own two eyes, become something that she feared. Her most important philosophy was her moderate pragmatism, which she stood for until the very end. Even in sickness, she stayed positive and never gave up her fight for what she believed what was right. She has become a role model for not only women but for everyone. She not only wanted equal rights for women, but she wanted to free both sexes from the roles that society has placed on them. For her sake and our country, we must do whatever it takes to ensure stability and continue her fight.

  28. Ruth Bedar Ginsburg was an icon and phenomenal example of leadership. Ruth changed the course of American politics especially pertaining to the equal representation of women’s rights. Regardless of ones political affiliation, the American citizen should be able to recognize her importance in politics. Once becoming the second female US Supreme Court justice, Ruth plowed her way through the misogynistic political realm that is the American Supreme Court. As one of the most awarded politicians, male and female alike, she had quite a momentous run. Her list of accomplishments range from graduating from Harvard Law School to receiving the highest honor in law, the ABA medal. Ruth fought for years for women to have the right to work without discrimination, purchase homes, and much more. However her greatest accomplishment was opening the door for other women in politics. The hostile and mostly male dominated field was no place for a woman for hundreds of years, Ruth changed that. Her storied career came to an abrupt ending when her battle with pancreatic cancer unfortunately took her life.

  29. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a well rounded woman. She knew what she wanted and strived for it while still playing the housewife role society implemented on her and millions of other women during her life. She made a way for many women with in the workplace as well as attending to male needs as well. For example, the Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld case where the plaintiff was seeking social security benefits after his wife died during child birth. Th Social Security Act of 1935 was determined unconstitutional in reference to the fifth amendment. Wiesenfeld won the case while RBG helped him. She also paved a way for many women and fought for gender quality (equal pay), civil rights and women’s rights. However, now after her death I am puzzled by the speed and enthusiasm President Trump has in order to fill her seat. He did filled her seat with another women however, a women of opposite interests than Ginsburg which is truly a shame. RBG worked for many years, fought hard for specific rights and interests that I believe her place being filled with the opposite of what she stood for is a disrespectful move to RBG and women all around America. I believe her seat should have been filled a lot later and a deep interview and investigation process should have taken place, or at least some one with similar interests as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  30. The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a very sad event. I watched her funeral on TV and I was in owe of how much this woman was able to accomplish in her life. What an inspirational woman!
    At the beginning of her carrier she had everything against her. She was a woman, a Jew and a young mother. She definitely has broken many glass ceilings in her life.
    The second woman appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1993, has achieved an icon status, particularly among young lawyers, and her dissents enhanced her prominence.
    Her death, less than seven weeks before Election Day, has set the stage for a political fight over the future of the court.
    Mr. Clinton said at the announcement ceremony:
    “I believe that in the years ahead she will be able to be a force for consensus-building on the Supreme Court, just as she has been on the Court of Appeals,” and she was. Throughout the years she consistently voted for abortion and access civil rights.
    I am very thankful to her that she was able to accomplish a ton of work in the name of women’s rights, for women today and for future generations. Among her many accomplishments I would like to remember the following:

    She fought to legally end pregnancy discrimination in 1963, helping to draft the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, when Congress passed it in the ’70s, made it illegal for employers to treat pregnant women any differently from other temporarily disabled people.
    In 1996, Ginsburg fought against the Virginia Military Institute’s – a state-run, military-inspired institution that did not admit women – male-only admissions policy as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. On the grounds that “VMI could not use gender to deny women the opportunity to attend VMI with its unique educational methods.” Ginsburg fought this policy, emphasizing, that the government must show an “exceedingly persuasive justification” to use a classification based on sex, thus marking her legacy of uprooting gender discrimination in all corners of the constitution.

    Ginsburg’s commitment and tenacity in the fight for reproductive rights is perhaps her most prolific work to date, and remains at risk of being undone now that she is gone. In the case Roe v. Wade, that ruled women had a right to legal and safe abortion, Ginsburg never failed to provide a reliable liberal vote and consistent voice that carried significant weight in the courts ruling. Her advocacy for reproductive freedom can be cited to many cases. Her thinking was “The basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice for a woman.”

  31. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a wave-rippling effect throughout America and the whole world. While Justice Ginsburg did her work for the US, she became a worldwide icon, and rightfully so. She is portrayed as a no-nonsense woman who trailblazed the way to (seemingly) equal rights between men and women. While certain aspects of Ginsburg’s character have been exaggerated due to her cultural importance, for the most part everything about her is true. Personally, I did not take the time to learn about and appreciate her work until her very late life and after her death. After her death and all of the political implications surrounding that, I took the time to learn about her life and what she did for women in America. I was dumbfounded on how much stuff I found. I had no idea how instrumental Justice Ginsburg was in acquiring women’s rights in this country. She is the reason women can independently buy land and do many things on their own. It seems like a trivial topic, and that it is a given that women can live how they want to in this country. The reality is that I live in a privileged time where people are treated kind of equally. This was not always the case, however because I learned women could not independently own land without having in the name of her father or husband until the 70s. That is crazy to think about, while we are no where near the goal for gender equality (especially concerning LGBTQ+), we are a lot more well off than women in the mid and early 20th century. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the reason that I feel this way. Justice Ginsburg is why I feel like we are a lot more equal now, and without her the world would be a different place. Other than her multitudes of obstacles she overcame, she completely shifted the position of women in America in her time during her career. I do not think many people have made the impact she did in their life, it is almost unbelievable to me that she accomplished that much while everyone was against her. Rest in peace, Justice Ginsburg. Hopefully her work does not get reversed.

  32. Ever since she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been the face of fighting discrimination and gender stereotypes. While she was a huge advocate for feminism and equal treatment for women, she never disliked or discriminated against men. All she advocated for and fought for during her lifetime was the equal treatment and equal rights for women. Because of her, women can do simple things that they were not able to do before without a man’s consent. Things such as signing on a mortgage without a man as a cosigner, or applying for a bank account were things she helped achieve for women. She graduated from Columbia Law School, one of few women in her class being that Columbia Law School was a school mostly men attended.

    Now with her recent passing, we are left puzzled because we do not know who should replace her seat as a Supreme Court justice. With the election around the corner, the question stands whether current president Donald Trump has the right to appoint a new justice now. Some people feel as if it is not a good idea to appoint someone new because of the recentness of her passing and because of the election being right around the corner. No matter who is appointed to fill her seat, it must be done with the same integrity she had and her work must not be reversed or taken away. She leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

  33. The tragic death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has added much more chaos to this mess of a 2020 election. Ginsburg was a liberal seat on the supreme court and in turn made huge strides for equality while serving out her tenure. Helping pass the vote for legalizing gay marriage, advancing women equality, and advocating for more overall equality she helped pass law that has made America a better place for all kinds of people. With 9 justices the split between conservative and liberal judges will never be equal, but with her still on the bench the split was at least 5-4 in favor of conservatives. Now, the problem that society is faced with is that her seat must be filled and there is great debate as to who should get to fill the seat. Back in 2016 senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Obamas choice of justice following the death of justice Scalia. It was 269 days before the election and McConnell argued that the people should have a voice in who gets to fill the chair, and this pushed off acceptance until after the election and Trump was in office. Once this happened McConnell confirmed Trumps conservative nomination of Neil Gorsuch who was only able to get the seat since McConnell did not agree with Obamas choice in 2016. However, we are in the same scenario today, but McConnell has no problem this year. In 2016 it was a problem because the senate and president were represented by different parties, so McConnell did not was a liberal nominee. Now that Trump and the senate are both republican McConnell has gone back on his word and has no problem with Trump trying to expedite a selection only weeks before the election. This is being viewed as hypocritical by in turn could help sway votes to democrats as people do not want to deal with the lies and abuse of power anymore that has been displayed by Trump over his term. On the other hand, it could also gain him more support from conservatists as he is trying to push for another conservatist justice before election. This will alter the balance to 6-3 in favor of conservatives and will give huge but to conservatists and conservatist values. People will vote for him just to ensure that the seat does not go to a liberal and Trump wants the seat filled to have a full supreme court to be able to weigh in on an issues related to mail in ballots following the election. In the final weeks of the election the talk has switch from the pandemic and economy to mail in ballots and the supreme court justice and has changed the elections focus and could have big effects on its outcome. The death of Justice Ginsburg was very unfortunate and it has thrown a wrench in this already chaotic presidential campaign, and the decision of who fills the seat will have repercussions in the court system for years following.

  34. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was elected to the Supreme Court in 1983, she was a positive change that the country needed. She was different than the rest that have ever been appointed because she cared about the wellbeing of all people. Ruth was a very strong woman that faced many battles herself throughout her life. This article helps to highlight her accomplishments not only as a Supreme Court justice but as a person. She was the voice for advocating the discrimination of people and their genders. The one thing that this article emphasizes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg was that although she was an advocate for women’s rights and the equal treatment of genders, she did not talk down on and discriminate men. She was a feminist that believed that no matter what gender you were it should not play a role in the way that you are treated in the world. Before her appointment, women were seen as human doormats that were walked all over and needed a man’s consent before they could do anything. After her appointment, women had more freedom to act independently of a man.
    As the article mentions, “Her goal — to persuade the Supreme Court that the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection applied not only to racial discrimination but to sex discrimination as well”. Her goal was all about the people. She wanted to make sure that everyone was treated fairly no matter what you look like. She made sure that she made it clear that she wanted the physically appearance to be forgotten, it was about what is on the inside. To her everyone was human, no matter what race gender, ethnicity, class you were. And for that, I must thank her because a lot of powerful authority figures fail to have the same mentality that she did.
    Sadly, Ruth Bader Ginsburg played such a big role as Supreme Court justice so since she passed away, the void that we have to fill is going to be very difficult. She was an amazing Supreme Court justice that made sure that all the citizens were happy with the world that they lived in and made sure that everyone had a voice. In my person opinion, elected someone new, especially Anne Barrett, would sway the votes in the November election. Therefore, since the passing was so recent I feel that if it would benefit the country and the people’s well-being to wait until after the election in order to appoint someone new. Ruth Bader Ginsburg must be replaced as a Supreme Court justice, but her work ethic and her constant need to make sure that everyone was treated equally will never be forgotten.

  35. It is very saddening that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice that was a champion for women’s rights and gender equality, has passed away. She died in her home in Washington at the age of 87. She died from complications related to her pancreatic cancer. In this article, NY Times writer Linda Greenhouse pays tribute to the late Supreme Court justice. Though she was old and seemingly fragile, she worked regularly with her own personal trainer, she was even said to be stronger than some of the older justices. This was a perfect analogy for her career. For a large portion of her life, she was put down for being a woman. She often made less than her peers in similar positions, and she was discriminated against by many. But looks can be deceiving, and those that doubted her were surprised to hear that she had become only the second female Supreme Court justice, holding the highest and most respected position in the United States judicial branch. Greenhouse reminisces of a time during President Barrack Obama’s presidency when swarms of people called for her to resign to give the democratic president the chance to name her replacement. She refused and said she planned to stay as long as she could do the job “full steam”. This is the type of person Ruth was, she was a hard worker and fought for what she believed in. Greenhouse also pays tribute to some of the stories involving Ruth’s upbringing and rising throughout the ranks. She wasn’t close minded, often making friends and getting along with her conservative colleagues. The video shows this in detail. When she was on the Court, she wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, holding that qualified women could not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute. Another moment she is well known for is her fiery dissent in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where the plaintiff was a female who was paid significantly less than her male counterparts with the same qualifications. She was denied because of a statute of limitations issue, causing Ginsburg to dissent. She accomplished so much in her career and she will be remembered for history. The video presented painted a beautiful picture of a beautiful woman. It showcased her hardships and victories, along with good times and accomplishments. She went through so much and died a champion.

  36. The tragic and unfortunate passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holds more of an impact than it’d seem. RBG was a pioneer who paved the way for women’s rights in our United States. She was a trail blazer whose presence on the court will long be remembered and cherished. Not only will her time serving as a justice be remembered as one of the greatest civil services our nation has seen, it will also be remembered as a callback to simpler times.
    RBG left the Earth in one of its most unprecedented and chaotic time periods. A global pandemic, a civil rights movement, and a presidential election all have this country and its citizens by the throats. The appointing of the newest member of the Supreme Court is as serious of a process as is let alone carrying it out amidst all the other major events coinciding at the same time this year. This will be an especially crucial replacement as it could reshape the supreme courts majority political affiliation. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett raised mass disapproval after the media reported on her potential plans if she were to be appointed.
    RBG challenged her fair share of cases (Reed vs. Reed 1971, Frontiero vs. Richardson 1973, etc.) But one case with which she was an immense defender was Roe vs. Wade. The pivotal case of 1973 could pose drastic changes to abortion laws if RBG’s successor were to hold similar ideologies to that of President Trump and Justice Barrett.
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg will be eternally remembered as one of the country’s most courageous and proud fighters for social justice. Her work in human rights has inspired so many to take a stand against atrocities such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and so much more. It is heartbreaking to see such a heroic persona leave us in a time of uncertainty, but I know RGB is looking down on us as the American people in delight to see the fight she fought her whole life to be continued by the youth of today.

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