Our Greatest "Warrior for Gender Equality" Passes; RIP RBG, America Will Miss You
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed at age 87. She will be remembered as her generation's greatest legal champion for gender equality and social justice. She forever changed how Americans view gender discrimination and we are a better nation, a better people because of her tenure on the United States Supreme Court.
New York Times: "Dahlia Lithwick, writing in The Atlantic in early 2019, offered this observation: “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.”
Former President Barack Obama published a letter last night upon hearing of her passing.
Barack Obama: "Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court — which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time. And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American."
"Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be."
A few days before her death, RBG dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell will attempt to violate her wishes and slip a nominee through the Senate in the coming weeks. That would be a travesty and an insult to all Ginsberg stood for.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content