On Saturday, justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, better known as ‘Notorious RBG’ passed away. She was a part of the US Supreme Court for 27 years and was known for asking tough questions. Ginsburg was undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even during her treatment, she used to show up at court. She was the second woman to be appointed in the United States judges who were appointed for a lifetime. Now, after her death, things are being questioned and people are talking about how this could affect the balance in the political power. President Donald Trump will be appointing the new judge and chances are it will be someone who supports him. The US Chief Justice stated that they have lost jurists of historic stature. Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only played an important role in gender parity but started shaping the law before her appointment as a justice.
Why was Ginsburg so renowned?
Ginsburg started working as an attorney in 1970 and played an important role in changing the approach of the supreme court in terms of women’s rights and sex-based policies. When she was working, there were instances when she could see sexism. In 1873, Myra Bradwell was banned from becoming a lawyer because she was a woman. Women were considered too fragile to become lawyers for justice and Ginsburg proved them all wrong. During her tenure, a history was created when she mentioned that people with any kind of disabilities should be considered with respect to the community settings rather than the institutions. Ginsburg was also on the majority where the ban on same-sex marriage was overruled.
Who was Ruth Bader?
Joan Ruth Bader was born on 15th March, 1933 in the United States. Bader was born to Celia and Nathan Bader. She had been a good student throughout her educational career. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in government from Cornell University. Ruth met Ginsburg during her time in college and got married to him. After that, in 1956 she went to Harvard Law School. There were only 9 women in the whole batch with 500 men. She said that people have told her that she has no future and she is wasting a seat of a man including the dean of the college. She then transferred to Columbia to complete her law degree.
Ruth realized that things were different and much difficult for women and started working harder. She used to take up cases to support women and always fought against gender discrimination cases. She has inspired many women to follow their dreams. After her death, ActBlue donated $80 million in her name and her new successor is yet to be announced.