US Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in her Washington home at the age of 87 on Friday. Who was this woman, described by the Supreme Court as a “tireless and determined champion of justice,” also known as “Notorious RBG”?
Ginsburg spoke out against discrimination
Ginsburg was born in New York on March 15, 1933. She studied at three prestigious Ivy League universities before becoming one of the best-known lawyers in the United States.
Although she had an impressive school career, New York law firms did not want to hire her. As an independent attorney, she made a name for herself by winning five women’s rights cases before the Supreme Court.
“My strategy is to attack the most persistent stereotype in the legal profession: that men are independent, and women depend on men,” Ginsburg said at the time. Times magazine.
The Progressive became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court in 1993, after then-President Bill Clinton nominated her. She developed in the Supreme Court as a major progressive voice and gained the reputation of an unyielding interrogator.
Ginsburg during her appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ginsburg, in her position as Chief Justice, showed little tolerance for sexual discrimination. “I don’t ask for favors for the female sex,” she said. “All I’m asking is men take their feet off our necks.”
Topics Ginsburg spoke out for included abortion and minority rights. She was also responsible for the 1996 law that banned the Virginia Military Institute from refusing women into training. If this were to happen, the institute would lose its entitlement to subsidy.
Ginsburg was also an outspoken figure in the media. In 2016, she got into a feud with President Donald Trump after calling him a “faker”. Trump responded furiously and demanded that she resign. Ginsburg later admitted regretting her comment.
The Chief Justice was of short stature (she was only five feet tall) but big personality. Partly because of this, she got a kind of star status for the progressives in the country. She was nicknamed ‘The Notorious RBG’, a reference to rapper The Notorious BIG of the 1990s.
Ginsburg not only appeared on mugs and T-shirts, but even served as the inspiration for an action figure. An Oscar-nominated documentary and a Hollywood film were published about the life of the lawyer, which was released in 2018.