Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved slowly. When the court was in session, she often had her head tilted, which sometimes made visitors believe that she was asleep.
- She once admitted that she nodded his head sometimes. She once confessed to falling asleep during a State of the Union. But it was a mistake to equate his gait and gaze with fragility, as Ginsburg has repeatedly demonstrated a fierce resistance to personal loss and the serious health issues that made the little New Yorker a great champion of the world women’s rights and a strong presence at court over 27 years.
- She made few concessions on age and recurring health issues, and she worked regularly with a personal trainer. She never ran out of time out of court until the age of 85, and only after surgery in December 2018 for lung cancer.
- Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at her Washington home on Friday at the age of 87, the court said. Upon completion of his tenure, she became a social media icon, Notorious RBG, a name coined by a law student who admired Ginsburg’s dissent in a case violating major civil rights laws.
- Justice was initially surprised. There was nothing remarkable about this standing lady who wore a variety of lacy necklaces on the bench and often appeared in public with stylish gloves on.
- But when her employees and grandchildren explained the connection to fellow Brooklyn rapper, The Notorious B.I.G., their skepticism turned into ecstasy.
- In the words of today’s generation, that’s great, Ginsburg said in 2016, shortly before his 83rd birthday. In her final years at court, Ginsburg was the undisputed leader of liberal judges, as openly dissenting as he was cautious in years past.
- Criticizing the Conservative majority in court for dropping a key part of the historic franchise law in 2013, Ginsburg wrote that it was like throwing his umbrella into a storm because she didn’t they are not wet.
- Her stature on the court and the death of her husband in 2010 likely contributed to Ginsburg’s decision to stay on the bench beyond the goal he had originally set for himself, to match Judge Louis, aged 22 years old. Brandeis in the field and his retirement at 82.
- A woman, a mother and a Jew: Ginsburg had a special affection for Brandeis, the first Jew appointed to the high court. She was the court’s second wife and its sixth Jewish judge.
- Eventually, she was joined by two other Jews, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, and two other women, Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both of these developments were perhaps unthinkable when Ginsburg graduated from law school in 1959 and faced the three-fold scarecrow of finding employment as a woman, mother and Jew.
- Forty years later, she noted that religion had become irrelevant in the selection of Superior Court judges and that gender was on the same lines, even though she was asked how many women would suffice for the High Court.
- Ginsburg answered without hesitation; She could take credit for gender equality in law. In the 1970s, she argued six key cases in court when she was the architect of the women’s rights movement, she won five.
Equality for Women: Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t need a Supreme Court seat to earn a place in the history books of the United States, President Bill Clinton said in 1993 when she announced her nomination. She already did.
- Her stint as a judge was marked by triumphs for women’s equality, as in her opinion the court which ordered the Virginia Military Institute to accept women or forgo its public funding. There have also been setbacks.
- She strongly opposed the 2007 court ruling to uphold the nation’s ban on an abortion procedure that opponents call partial birth abortion.
- The alarming decision, Ginsburg said, can only be understood as an effort to undermine a right repeatedly stated by this court, and with a growing understanding of its centrality in the lives of women.
Liberal leaning: Besides civil rights, Ginsburg took an interest in the death penalty, voting several times to limit its use. During her tenure, the court ruled unconstitutional for states to execute people with intellectual disabilities and murderers under the age of 18.
- Then later with the two people appointed by President Barack Obama, Sotomayor and Kagan. In the more controversial cases, Ginsburg often disagreed with the more conservative members of the court.
- However, she was personally the closest in court to Judge Antonin Scalia, her ideological opposite. He once explained that he viewed Scalia’s sometimes scathing dissent as a challenge.
- “How am I going to answer this question in a truly disapproving way?” She said. Scalia died in 2016. Regarding her own dissent, Ginsburg said some were aimed at influencing the opinions of other judges, while others have appealed to the intelligence of another day in the hope that they could provide information advice future courts.