A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I am deeply saddened to have to write this piece, however, the U.S. Supreme Court lost one of it’s most incredible judges of all time. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (also known as RBG) passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, at the age of 87. Her long battle with pancreatic cancer caused her death to happen too soon. Many Americans, including myself, are heartbroken by the recent news.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. Before the life-changing opportunity, the political icon was nominated by former President Jimmy Carter to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., starting in 1980. Needless to say, RBG was extremely experienced, and even respected by some people in opposing parties. However, her dying wish was that her seat not be filled until the winner of the 2020 election takes office. There are already discussions of our current president coming up with a new nominee. Not even a day after her death, RBG’s wishes appear to be neglected by the national government.

In honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and all that she has done for our nation, I would like to highlight her successes in celebration of her unforgettable life. RBG was the second woman to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and she fought for gender equality and the legalization of gay marriage. Early in her career, she led the majority which allowed the inclusion of women at the Virginia Military Institute (United States v. Virginia, 1996.) The decision was not only the first in history, but also allowed the military to include women. Bader Ginsburg also fought for equal pay for both men and women, as well as anyone in between (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, 2007.) A case dealing with gender discrimination in the workplace took to headlines when it was confirmed that women  deserve equal pay to that of a man. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg additionally fought for the protection of the Affordable Care Act, as well as a woman’s right to choose when it comes to their own body. An example of a case dealing with abortion to read about is Gonzalez v. Carhart. There was no doubt that RBG was a member of the Democratic Party, as she always stood up for liberal beliefs. She agreed that women deserve the right to an abortion when necessary. It is important that we continue to educate ourselves on these issues, in order to form a new generation that will appoint more powerful women like Bader Ginsburg to our district, state, and federal courts. 

During my thorough research, I learned a lot of new information that I didn’t know from simply history class or the daily news.. I would strongly suggest that you read more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and legacy. The cases she was involved in happen to be very interesting, but also monumental. As someone interested in law, I found these cases and new pieces of information to be helpful in the understanding of how the decisions of the Supreme Court and the law influence my life as a female student. May The Notorious RBG rest in peace, and we all must stand up for her wishes. There are six weeks until the 2020 election, so please vote no matter what your political stance is.

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