Losing a True Leader: Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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Alex Herman, Reporter

She was a leader, a historic figure, a woman of equality. Supreme Court’s Leader, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the pure definition of a woman of empowerment. She fought for legal rights for women’s rights and she successfully fought against gender discrimination.

Ruth “The Notorious RBG” was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Cornell University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and graduated with the highest honors in government. She later went on to attend Colombia Law School, where she graduated first in her class. All throughout the 70’s, Ruth successfully handled laws that treated women as second-class citizens. In 1993, Ruth was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Ruth was officially appointed as an official judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. She was only the second woman and first democrat to be appointed to the court, where she served more than 27 years. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women from 2004 to 2011.

We all can say that throughout her years, Ruth had SO MANY outstanding accomplishments but also so many memorable speeches that spoke volumes. When asked about her legacy her response was, “to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but for one’s community.”

While fighting in the court for many people’s rights, she was also battling her own battle with colon cancer. Starting from 1999 and ending in 2020, she battled this deadly disease but still stood strong and fought for our rights. But sadly on September 18 2020, just one month after being selected for 2020’s recipient for the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal “for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all” Ruth loses her fight to cancer at age the age of 87. This has definitely devastated the world because we have truly lost a national icon. Many have come out to share their thoughts and prayers. Trump spoke with reporters stating,  ‘She led an amazing life,’ ‘What else can you say? She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually saddened to hear that.’ Former president Bill Clinton also spoke out about her death saying, “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.”

Ruth was truly one of a kind, whose voice and ambition to stand up for a NUMBER of people’s rights will never be forgotten and will always be remembered. Rest in Power, Ruth.