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The Loss of a Legend: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sixty-one years ago Ruth Bader Ginsburg started as a law clerk to a judge in the US District Court, South District of New York. From that moment in 1959, Ruth Bader Ginsburg championed many successes in the battle for equality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime flourishing in the face of adversity before being appointed a Supreme Court Justice in 1993. Her fight for equality grew tremendously as she cast votes in support of Americans’ ability to get an abortion and to marry someone of the same sex. But her legal legacy can be traced back to her work as a litigator with the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s, when she and others won a string of groundbreaking sex-discrimination cases challenging laws that now seem old-fashioned and archaic.

Justice Ginsburg’s approach towards discrimination has advanced women’s rights over the last 50 years. Females are able to have credit cards and Justice Ginsburg paved the way for legislation such as the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974.

Justice Ginsburg has impacted every part of female American life, including the right to hold certain jobs, to attend elite colleges, and to participate in sports – a few of the many rights women have been afforded throughout Justice Ginsburg’s tenure.

Justice Ginsburg was a champion in life. She continues to make history as the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the United States Capitol Building. Justice Ginsburg was a national treasure; her rulings will live on and guide us for many years to come.



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