Last week, supreme court justice judge and women's rights activist Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. A tragedious day in American history as Ginsburg has been apart of many piviotal moments during her time, and her passing will affect many Americans for a long time to come.
[ Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, new york to a Jewish Family. Bader later graduated from Cornell University in 1954 at the top of her class and married Martin D. Ginsberg.
After her husband came back from the military 2 years later, they both enrolled in Harvard where Bader encountered a hostile male-dominated environment. Though she was criticized by the dean for taking away opportunities from other men. Nevertheless, she still excelled in her studies.
After her husband Martin was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he had to undergo intensive treatment and rehabilitation, leaving little time for his education and family. Bader had to pick up his schoolwork on top of her own while keeping watch over their daughter.
Once recovered, Martin graduated from law school and secured a job at a law firm in New York City. Bader finished her studies at the Columbia Law school in New York and later graduated at the top of her class in 1959.
After her graduation, Bader suffered from gender discrimination while seeking work. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri and later devoted her time as a teacher at Rutgers University Law school and at Columbia.
She continued her fight for gender equality by serving as the director of the women's rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union and arguing 6 landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme court.
She was appointed onto the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and served there until she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She was picked to help fill the seat of former Supreme Justice Judge Bryon White.
Becoming the 2nd woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme court and the First Jewish member. An outstanding feat! There she continued her fight for gender equality and Civil Rights.
She served on the supreme court for 27 years and passed into the afterlife on September 18, 2020. ]
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A Woman with such remarkable talents and wisdom changed the way society views women and men alike. It redefined the capabilities of an individual and showed that you don't have to come from riches to be great and successful.
She fought for what she believed in till the very end and its a truly inspirational tale.
She would not be remembered as a supreme court judge but as a woman with great intellect, with kindness and wisdom as a great renaissance scholar.
She not only serves as an inspiration for younger women all over the world but also the men as well.
Rest in Power, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
What Happens Now:
Ginsberg's passing was very unfortunate because we not only lost a great soul but also on a pivotal election year that shifted the election from a Trump v Biden electron to one about the Supreme court of justice.
Ginsberg's passed 6 weeks before the presidential election which is unprecedented.
The republican party currently occupies the presidency, the senate, and the majority of supreme court judges.
Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to elect another conservative judge into the supreme court which would shift the ruling to a 6-3 vote, in favor of republicans.
Back in Feb 2016, Mitch McConnell set a rule stated...
"Given that we are in the midst of the presidential election process, we believe that the American people should seize the opportunity to weigh in on whom they trust to nominate the next person for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. It is today the American people, rather than a lame-duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, who should be afforded the opportunity to replace Justice Scalia."
Then stated in March 2016,
"give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy" by waiting until the next president takes office."
We are unsure if McConnell and the others that voted with him would hold onto their word but if not this will definitely tarnish his and the republican party's reputation.
Trump tweeted today that he plans to announce a Supreme Court Nominee this Saturday, directly from the white house.
It was rumored that he plans to nominate another woman onto the supreme court but only time would tell.
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