The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jasmine Vargas, Freshman

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as RBG, was an amazing woman who accomplished plenty in her lifetime. Unfortunately, Ruth died of pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020 in her home at the age of 87 in Washington, DC surrounded by her loved ones.  

RBG has a notorious and rich history. After she attended law school she was playfully nicknamed “The Notorious R.B.G” by a law student, which was a reference to the late Brooklyn-born rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent most of her lifetime flourishing in adversity fighting for women’s rights  and  gender discrimination in the courtroom,  before being appointed as a Supreme Court Justice.  When discussing the unbalanced number of men versus women on the supreme court, she explained, When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough (women on the Supreme Court)?’ and my answer is: ‘When there are nine’. People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” 

As a women’s rights and gender equality advocate, Ginsburg spent most of her legal career winning countless arguments before the Supreme Court. She targets areas in her law career that she was passionate about: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” She was also a volunteer attorney for the Americans Civil Liberties Union, was a member of their board of directors and one of their general consoles in the 1970s.

Ginsburg’s impactfulness took the 20th century by storm, as her historic work advocating against misogyny and for equal rights opened doors for millions and transformed American society to this day.