Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a lighting rod for the Liberal party, passed away at the age of 87 from complications due to metastatic pancreas cancer.
Known in popular culture as the “Notorious R.B.G” for her stance and persistence with issues such as equal pay, gay rights, immigration, abortion, health care and other social issues.
In a statement released shortly after the news of her passing, Chief Justice John Roberts said; “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her – a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
For the past few years, Ginsburg has had troubles with her health and in July of this year released a statement addressing a recent health concern. A biopsy had revealed lesions on her liver, and in her statement spoke of the “positive results” that the chemotherapy was having.
“I have often said that I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”
With her passing just a few weeks before the 2020 Presidential elections. A fierce fight will no doubt ensue over who will be filing her now vacant seat.
Ginsberg will forever be remembered as a true civil rights pioneer. A woman who broke the glass ceiling during a time when so few women attended law school. Who did not let the disappointment and discrimination among fellow layers for not having a clerkship post graduation, keep her from drifting away from the world of law and helping others. A fighter of the 14th Amendment, an advocate for American Civil Liberties, a woman who presented her opinions with such clarity that helped guide the lower courts for years to come.
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