By Ashtyn Britt
Sept. 18, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, passed away as a result of complications related to her long battle against metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was famous as a feminist icon who fought for equality for everyone regardless of sex in the 1970s, and eventually herself getting a judicial appointment in 1980. The experience had even been made into a film, “On the Basis of Sex” which came out in 2018.
There have been many people who are saddened by this great loss, both in the general public and other currently sitting justices.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “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.”
Former President Barack Obama lamented online how well Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired the best in people around her. “Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land. Michelle and I admired her greatly, we’re profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight,” said Mr. Obama.
Despite public outcry for holding off on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the 2020 presidential election, President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. These people often cite a quote from Mitch McConnell made in 2016 during that year’s election when then President Obama wanted to replace Justice Scaia: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
It is undoubtable that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy will live on, and that she will be greatly missed.
Featured image by Maria Martinez Nogueda