Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and legacy

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Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at her home in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Appointed by President William Clinton in 1993, she was the second woman to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court in its 212 year-long history. Justice Ginsburg will lie in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, the first woman ever to receive the honor.

“She became really well known because she had very powerful dissents,” social science teacher Courtney Smith said. “Even in cases where she was in the minority, and if you are in the minority that means five or more justices voted opposite of what you did, she was incredibly powerful and that’s where she got the nickname ‘The Notorious RBG.’ She wasn’t afraid to stand on principles she disagreed on in the court’s decision.”

Ginsburg worked to eliminate gender-based stereotyping in legislation and regulations, while presenting a strong voice in favor of workers rights, and the separation of church and state. She was the counsel to the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and the chief architect of a campaign against sex-role stereotyping in the law, arguing and winning five landmark Supreme Court cases during the 1970s. 

Over the course of her quarter-century as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an icon, inspiring people around the world with her tenacity, towering intellect and devotion to the American promise of equality and opportunity for all,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: petite in size, monumental in impact.”

In United States v. Virginia, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion that would serve as a milestone moment for women’s rights and university admission policies.