Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG’s nonstop fight for gender equality and the legacy she left behind


Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, a time when women were expected to lead their lives as homemakers, caring for their husbands and children. However, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as RBG, broke these societal expectations. She attended Cornell, and, afterward, moved to Harvard for law school. While at Harvard, she was one of only nine women in her class. During her time there, she had a baby girl at home and cared for her husband, Martin Ginsburg, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He also attended Harvard with her and wanted to become a lawyer as well, so she attended both her classes and his.

After her two years at Harvard, Martin Ginsburg recovered and got a job in New York, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg completed her law education at Columbia Law School. She tied for first in her class.

Even though she excelled at school, RBG had a difficult time finding work; the male bosses interviewing her believed women were too emotional to carry out an important job like theirs. However, once she did find work, she argued many cases for gender equality and was very successful in her career. She worked as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s and won many important cases for them. 

Identified as a supreme court feminist icon, Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to the U.S Supreme Court Justice in history. Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Jimmy Carter in 1980. 13 years later, President Bill Clinton nominated and appointed her as one of the eight Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. She took her seat on August 10th, 1993.

Senior Emma Krul said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was such an inspiration to me because of her courage, dedication, and perseverance in the face of adversity. She truly was a strong woman, and she will be missed and always remembered.”

It was announced that on September 18th, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer. However, her legacy lives on, and she will always be remembered for her nonstop fight for gender equality. 

Senior Elizabeth Lamb said, “The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg hits deeply in the heart of all women in America. I think it is imperative that all future generations are educated on the legacy that was the notorious RBG.”

Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On October 26th, she became a Justice, so the court is now 6 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Amy Coney Barret is very conservative, unlike RBG, and many worry that much of what Ginsburg supported and worked so hard at during her time on the Supreme Court will be reversed. For example, and people are afraid that Roe vs Wade, which legalizes abortion, will be overturned.

Overall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a wonderful and inspiration and influence on so many people in America. Her continuous fight for gender equality and women’s rights shone through in her work as a lawyer and Supreme Court Justice. She will always be remembered, revered, and loved.