Notorious RBG – A Fight of a Life

Photo Credit: Steve Petteway

Sara Molina – Perspectives Writer

Crowds gathered around the Supreme Court this weekend in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her passing from pancreatic cancer on Friday.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Notorious RBG, has served on the Supreme court for 27 years and during that time has fought for gender equality and women’s rights.  In 1956, RBG was one of nine women in Harvard Law and was asked by the dean why they were taking spots from other men.  After working for Rutgers University, RBG learned that women earned lower salaries than their male coworkers and successfully campaigned equal pay for all women of Rutgers University.

She then went on and continued the fight for equality. RBG fought against sex discrimination; she argued against men to received their widowers Social Security, for women no longer needing a male co-signer for financial purposes, and since 1999 RBG had been fighting against cancer in order to pursue justice.  

RBG was the appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton.  “We have lost one of the most extraordinary Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union. And her powerful dissents reminded us that we walk away from our Constitution’s promise at our peril,” says Clinton.

“I would just like people to think of me as a judge who did the best she could with whatever limited talent I had to keep out country true to what makes it a great nation and to make things a little better than they might have been if I hadn’t been there,” RBG.

On September 23 & 24, RBG will be the first woman to lie in repose at the Supreme Court.  The public may pay their respects from 11am-10pm on the 23rd and from 9am-10pm on the 24th.