The Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Legacy She Left Behind

By Faith Crossan, Staff Writer

Supreme Court Justices have suffered an extreme loss this past month with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as RBG. Ginsburg’s passing will not be in vain, however, because she is going to be forever remembered as a social justice hero in the Supreme Court.


Ginsburg’s life before being appointed is just as important as after. She was one of only nine women in her Harvard Law class, causing her to face extreme discrimination. She fought through it all and even became the first woman to join the Harvard Law Review. She later went on to become the first female tenured professor at Rutgers University Law School. In the 1970s, Ruth served as the Director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she fought tirelessly for gender equality.


Appointed by Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg quickly became a feminist icon as a Supreme Court Justice. As the second female Supreme Court Justice and first Jewish woman to be appointed, she actively fought for gender equality and civil rights. In the six cases that she presented as justice, she won five of them. She quickly rose to idealization, known for her poise and individuality. Ginsburg often went against the grain, giving her own opinions on challenging topics. The media quickly took note of this, along with her fashion sense, and she soon became an idol of young women all around the world.


As an icon in the social media world, Ginsburg’s every move has been monitored. While primarily maintaining a liberal stance on opinions, there were few cases in which she agreed with her conservative colleagues. Through it all, she maintained the stance of wanting what is best for women, being quoted saying, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”


With RBG’s passing, there is room for another justice to be appointed. The topic has sparked controversy, seeing as it is so close to the election. President Donald Trump wants to appoint a new justice immediately, primarily with Republic conservative nominee judge Amy Coney Barrett. However, Democrat officials want the new justice to be appointed after the election, in hopes of getting a member from their party appointed by candidate Joe Biden. Whatever decision is made, it is safe to say that RBG’s legacy will forever live on in the hearts of many.