The United States has suffered yet another devastating loss in 2020. The woman who paved the way for women in politics, the workplace and the world passed away in her home on September 18, at the age of 87.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not only the second woman to sit as a Supreme Court Justice, she also served that role honorably for nearly 30 years. While being a mother and wife, Ginsburg pursued a legal career, something virtually unheard of in her time as a young adult. Because of her drive and ambition to become active in law, she was offered a clerkship in New York, thus beginning her impressive career.
In the 70’s Ginsburg began her journey into the (then) untouched issue of gender inequality in the United States. She taught and wrote on the issue for years, all the while representing cases that would forever change women’s lives. Ginsburg was all for women’s rights, equal pay, and independence.
Without Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women would not be able to sign a mortgage without a man.
Without Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women would not be able to have a bank account without a man.
Without Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women would still be subject to gender discrimination when applying for a job.
Without Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women would not have the right to continue to work while pregnant.
Even when no other Justice sided with her, she stood her ground.
“The court deprives women of the right to make an autonomous choice, even at the expense of their safety. This way of thinking reflects ancient notions about women’s place in the family and under the Constitution — ideas that have long since been discredited.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for all who felt as if they were not being fought for. She ruled on countless cases in favor of the less fortunate and let her voice be heard loud and clear if they were ruled against. Ginsburg never gave up the fight for women.
Ginsburg never gave up.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” –Ruth Bader Ginsburg