Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87


Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a passionate advocate for gender equality and civil rights. Photo provided by the University of Chicago.

Maddie Rich, Reporter

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in her Washington, D.C. home on September 18th after complications with pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg had become an icon of the feminist movement and gender equality. She helped pass legislation on numerous occasions to fight against discrimination on the basis of sex.

Ginsburg served as director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She also fought for women’s rights to serve in the military alongside men. When there were laws that seemed to favor women on the surface, Ginsburg carefully analyzed them and struck them down when they had a harmful intent.

Not only did Ginsburg work towards gender equality, but she also was a proponent for racial justice and LGBTQ+ rights.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 to the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton. With Sandra Day O’Connor being the first, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to ever be delegated to the Supreme Court.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement about Ginsburg’s passing,”We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Justice Ginsburg is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.