It’s the end of an era.
Legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who famously survived so many bouts of cancer she became an internet meme for it, died on Friday at the age of 87 from complications metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Tributes began popping up immediately Friday afternoon as the sad news spread throughout social media.
Ginsburg became the second woman appointed to the country’s highest bench when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Ginsburg soon became a feminist icon, fighting for women’s equality and reproductive rights.
Ginsburg was the first woman to serve on the editorial staff of the Harvard Law Review (she was the first woman to do so), and Ruth completed her legal education at Columbia Law School, serving on the law review and graduating in a tie for first place in her class in 1959. Despite her excellent credentials, she struggled to find employment as a lawyer, because of her gender and the fact that she was a mother. At the time, only a very small percentage of lawyers in the United States were women, and only two women had ever served as federal judges. However, one of her Columbia law professors advocated on her behalf and helped to convince Judge Edmund Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to offer Ginsburg a clerkship.
In 1980 Democratic U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C. After she joined the Supreme Court in 1993, she wrote many liberal opinions and was a key voice in voting rights. Her seat on the Court is sure to become a hotly contested political talking point in the weeks leading up to the election.
The Notorious RBG will be greatly missed, and here’s hoping her wish is granted.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 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." https://t.co/IUtqGDV1Cj
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 18, 2020