Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Continues to Inspire

RBG lies in state at the capitol. The justice was 87 when she died in September.

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RBG lies in state at the capitol. The justice was 87 when she died in September.

Bailey Shields, Multimedia Editor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a well known Supreme Court justice and an icon when it came to women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She was one of the only seats on the Supreme Court to be a woman and she held her seat well. She was 87 years old when she passed away in her home in Washington, D.C., and she was surrounded by her family at the time. She passed on September 18, 2020, and the reaction by the people was astonishing. Many people looked up to her when it came to social justice and human rights and her legacy will carry on for generations to come.
She had been struggling with her health for years. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2000 and had been suffering with it for a while. She was also suffering from lung issues and was admitted to the hospital in July. When she was admitted, she received prayers and wishes to get better from all across the country with people begging for her to stay awhile longer as the world seemed to go into complete chaos around us.
She has many famous quotes that many people including herself lived by one being “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” She lived by this every day as she only depended on herself for stability. Some of her quotes also were about women’s rights and equality:

“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”

“The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.”

She was a big advocate for women’s rights so it is no surprise she has many quotes about them.
In her graduating class at Harvard Law School she was only 1 of 9 women. She was always something different from the norm and everyone saw it. She strived to do her job better every single day she walked into the court building. She was a hard worker from the beginning and sets an example for young girls who want to work in the court or social justice system.
Ginsburg was involved and won a lot of cases but her 2 most notable ones where Obergefell v. Hodges, granting same sex couples the right to get married, and the case of Roe v. Wade. This case ruled that women, under the constitution, have the right to have an abortion if she chooses to do so without and government restrictions.
Days before her passing as her strength began to vanish she stated “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Unfortunately this is not being honored as there are already candidates to take her seat. These candidates unfortunately have plans to reverse everything that she did in her time
Her legacy will carry on and she will not be forgotten. Rest in peace Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020).