US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away at 87, leaves behind legacy of civil rights
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice at US Supreme Court passes away at 87 after a long fight with metastatic pancreatic cancer
United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, or RBG as she was popularly known as, passed away due to complications from her metastatic pancreatic cancer on Friday, 18th September at age 87.
Her appointment in the Supreme Court via nomination by Bill Clinton in 1993 was revolutionary, as this not only marked a turning point in feminist rights but also provided for rights to the LGTBQ+ community, pro-abortion laws and voiced her concern for the usage of capital punishment, especially on those 18 or younger. Needless to say, many people over the world began seeing her as a feminist icon; her value increased in the position and line of work that she was, dominated by men.
Her death comes at a sensitive period for US politics, as the Election period is six weeks away and choosing her replacement would be of utmost concern, even though many have argued that this would be an extremely difficult task, especially as the court is majorly conservative - whether President Donald Trump should nominate another, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm her replacement, or if her seat should remain unoccupied until the results against Democrat Joe Biden is announced.
Nevertheless, her life and work embodied her goals for securing equal rights and her legacy as the second woman in the Supreme Court has left the world in deep mourning.