As I drove home Friday afternoon from a week on the Washington coast, a notification popped up on my iPhone. All I saw was the name Ginsburg and I knew. I was in the middle of literally nowhere in eastern Washington, and that meant not enough bars to pull over and click the link. I had to wait.
Reflecting on Justice Ginsburg’s life gave me an opportunity to learn specifics on her legendary career. She was a passionate supporter of civil rights, equality issues, women’s rights.
In a brief Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the ACLU, Reed v. Reed, the US Supreme Court invalidated an Idaho statute that automatically gave preference to men for appointment as administrator of a deceased person’s estate. This led to the Court extending the Constitution’s Equal Protection guarantee to women for the first time.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg made significant legal improvements for women under the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970’s.
Her work for gender discrimination issues put her on the forefront for legal battles in the 1970’s and later for equal rights issues.
“Justice Ginsburg is the rare Supreme Court Justice whose most significant work was done before she joined the court” The Guardian September 18, 2020
In an article from September 20th in The Harvard Gazette, staff writer Liz Mineo stated that Justice Ginsburg was “A champion of race and gender equality. A pioneering lawyer on women’s equality. A civil rights hero. A feminist symbol. A major pop icon. Notorious RBG. A key justice on the nation’s highest court.” Several professors from Harvard added to the article that is well worth a read The Life and Legacy of RBG
Take the time to read what would interest you about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You will find out why Americans are mourning such a great loss.
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