The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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RBG Memorial outside of Edinboro Municipal building (credit: Chloe Miles)

Chloe Miles, Reporter

           On September 18, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Bader Ginsburg, a long time pioneer for women’s rights, was only the second woman to have ever served on the United States Supreme Court. 

            Affectionately referred to as RBG, she was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933. From a young age, it was apparent she was destined for great things. In 1954 RBG graduated first in her class at Cornell University. Then, only two years later, with a young daughter at her side and a bedridden husband, RBG graduated first from Harvard Law as one of only eight women in a class size of 500. In the 1970’s, RBG was the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she argued six landmark cases on gender equality before the US Supreme Court. In 1993, RBG was appointed to the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton. During her years of holding this position, she was constantly fighting for gender equality. 

After 87 years of fighting discrimination and standing for women’s rights, RBG is viewed by many as a feminist icon with a lasting legacy. She once said, “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Celebrity, Kerry Washington commented on Ginsburg’s death stating, “Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.” For many, RBG’s death is not an end to this fight for equality, but it serves as a reminder to continue the fight and to follow her legacy. 

            While RBG is beloved throughout the country, here at our school, she is also held in high regard by many. English teacher Diane Bremner explained “RBG’s work allowed me to have a credit card and gave me the ability to sign my own mortgage.” Mollie Mumau, another English teacher, summed up Ginsbug’s life remarking that “Whatever Ruth did, she did with grace.”