Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Loss of the Champion of Gender Equality
By: Hali Marsocci
At the age of 87, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. The loss of “RBG” was devastating to the entire country and evidenced by a national mourning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg devoted her life to being a champion of justice and of gender equality. The Senate voted 96-to-3 to confirm President Bill Clinton’s Supreme Court nominee, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on August 3, 1993, and she was sworn in as the second woman and the 107th Justice to serve on the US Supreme Court on August 10, 1993. On September 25, 2020, Justice Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capital when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall.
With the tragic passing of Justice Ginsburg comes the uncertainty of her replacement on the highest court and sets in motion a political battle given the November 2020 Presidential Election. It is said that Justice Ginsburg knew what was to come as her death would have consequences for the court and the country at large. She dictated a statement to her granddaughter which in part said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
One of perhaps the most famous quotes of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” We still have a lot of work to do, and with arguably the most important election quickly approaching, registering to vote, and voting, are of critical importance and should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. In fact, we owe it to Justice Ginsburg to exercise our civic duty to vote to ensure the work she spent her life achieving is upheld. The deadline to register to vote in the November 2020 Election is October 5, 2020. You can register to vote by clicking here.