In Loving Memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Cultural icon and longtime Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday at her Washington home. She was 87.

Her death was attributed to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Read her obituary in the New York Times below:

Ginsburg, effectively known by the initials RBG, spent 27 years on the Supreme Court and was the second woman to ever hold a seat on the highest court in the land, following in Sandra Day O’Connor’s footsteps.

She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and served on the court until her dying day. She was best known as a staunch advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.

President Barack Obama released a statement on the death of Ginsburg and her fight for equality:

“Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.”

  • United States v. Virginia

    “A mere three years after Ginsburg joined the court, a 1996 court case challenged the all-male admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute. The court, led by Ginsburg, would require the state-funded school to accept women for admission. In the opinion, United States v. Virginia, Ginsburg wrote “generalizations about ‘the way women are,’ estimates of what is appropriate for most women, no longer justify denying opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description.” – CNN
  • Shelby County v. Holder

    In a 2013 decision out of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts led a majority invalidating a key provision in the Voting Rights Act that required certain jurisdictions with a history of descrimination to undergo federal oversight before enacting any changes in voting procedure. Ginsburg penned a fiery dissent in the case, pointing out that Congress passed the latest installment of the Voting Rights Act with “overwhelming bipartisan support,” saying the representatives legitimately exercised their constitutional powers in doing so.” – CNN
  • Bush v. Gore

    In the election of 2000, Florida was the key to presidential victory on both sides of the aisle. The voting process in the state was a mess — with poorly designed ballots and counting irregularities abound. Both George W. Bush and Al Gore both declared victory in the state before election night was over, kicking off one of the most drawn-out election results in the nation’s history. The election quickly went from a decision steered by vote counts to one steered by the courts. The bitter court battle first escalated up to Florida’s Supreme Court, where a manual recount of ballots was issued. The order was appealed up to the US Supreme Court, where it was reversed and Florida’s 25 electoral votes, along with the presidency, was handed to Bush. Though Ginsburg was not on the winning side, she did not go gentle into that good night.” – CNN
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