Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a long-lasting activist for women’s rights and gender equality, passed away on September 18th, 2020.  The commissioner of Copper Hill’s women’s empowerment club, Jenna Kelly, was personally affected by the passing of Justice Ginsburg, seeing that Ginsburg was one of Kelly’s biggest role models. “She was one of the first ladies on the Supreme Court, she fought for women’s rights, why wouldn’t that be a role model to someone?” 

With the current political situation dividing our country, a reminder of her legacy is what we all need.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15th, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating high school in 1959, Ginsburg attended Cornell University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree as the highest-ranking female in her class. After that, she attended Harvard School of Law before transferring to Columbia University of Law. She graduated with an LL.B. all while being a new mother and wife.

Ginsburg started her law career by fighting for men’s rights. Her first notable case was Frontiero v Richardson, where stay-at-home husbands of women who were in the military did not receive the same treatment as women whose husbands were in the military. She won this case, giving her significance in the world of law.

Ginsburg didn’t stop at that milestone. In 1972, she founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), giving her more opportunities to fight gender-based discrimination. She focused on laws that discriminated based on gender, using the ways men were discriminated against to bring attention to the subject.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she worked as a judge until 1993 when President Bill Clinton nominated her as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

A famous line said by Ginsburg herself: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

For 25 years, Ginsburg never missed a day of work, even with her severe health problems in her life. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, continuing treatments for five rounds of cancer for 21 years. In 2018, she had a severe surgery to remove cancerous cysts in her lung, and she unfortunately passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2020.

It’s because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nicknamed humorously as ‘The Notorious R.B.G.,’ that women are able to have many things needed for adult life that can be separate from their spouse, from bank accounts to cars to credit cards.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the most accomplished women in our time. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. She was the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court as a Justice. She has been the muse of many different types of media, from books to films to art. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will never be forgotten in our history.