Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg – One Year Later


Image source: National Women’s History Museum

“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A little over one year ago, on September 18th, 2020, America mourned an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court and a role model to millions of people across the country. Ginsburg was a constant advocate for women and civil rights, and everyone, despite their personal views, felt her loss. 

Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female and the first Jewish female justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1993, nominated by former President

Photo from ClickOnDetroit; Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises her right hand during her confirmation into the U.S. Supreme Court

Bill Clinton. Before that point, she had graduated from Columbia Law, taught at Rutgers University Law School and Columbia University, and was appointed to the U.S Court of Appeals. Along with her academic achievements, Ginsburg was an avid advocate for women’s rights and helped stop gender discrimination.  

Ginsburg experienced discrimination because she was a woman during her schooling years and employment. Working at Columbia University, she became the first female tenured employee. Ginsburg was also a director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

During her time as a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg fought for gender equality, worker’s rights, and separation of church and state. Getting confirmed into the Court was originally a struggle although she ended up getting 96 out of the 99 total votes to be confirmed. Some of her biggest and most influential cases as a justice were; United States V. Virginia, United States V. Hagan, and Olmstead V. L.C. Although these are the more popular ones, all of the cases she has worked on have made an impact. 

On that fateful day, September 18th of 2020, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away due to complications with pancreatic cancer. The world will remember her, not for her various degrees or achievements, but for the differences she has made that were felt by everybody. Years into the future, she will be remembered for all the people she has given a voice to who did not yet have one, and all the lives she touched.