Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death and What Happens Next

Isabelle Torres, Staff Writer |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was a legendary woman for the country. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg served as Justice of the Supreme Court for 27 years. Nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton, she was awarded the position by a 96-3 vote. She was sworn in on Aug. 10, 1993, where she would give a gripping speech detailing her journey through gender discrimination with becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Ginsburg made a lasting impact on women’s rights during her 27-year run.

Ginsburg was born on Mar. 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY. She went on to have an outstanding and prestigious education at Cornell University on a full scholarship, where she later met her future husband, Martin D. Ginsburg. After graduating from Cornell, she continued her education at Harvard Law School. She was one out of nine women in the class of 500. 

Since becoming a Justice, Ginsburg has earned many different awards for her work to advocate ending gender, racial and sexist discrimination. In 2002, Ginsburg was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and in 2010, she received the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA Medal. In 2013, Ginsburg was the first Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same-sex marriage. Among these awards, Ginsburg was a true advocate for women’s rights and equality. Her fight for feminism broke barriers for women in law and society. Her actions and powerful voice have done so many women and will be a significant loss to society. 

Ginsburg was a fighter. She went through law school while simultaneously caring for her toddler and husband, who was battling cancer. Later, she kept her second pregnancy a secret, out of fear that she would lose her job if anyone found out; back then, pregnancy was considered a “temporary disability.” Ginsburg was diagnosed with colon cancer for the first time in 1999; she would continue to battle numerous cancers until her death. However, she did not let cancer stop her from achieving her goals. Ginsburg continued to serve, advocate, be a mother and fight cancer. She had plans to stay in office until after the 2020 presidential election after expressing concerns about who would fill in her seat. 

Unfortunately, Ginsburg lost her battle due to complications from Metastatic cancer in her pancreas just two months shy of the election. Ginsburg passed away in her home in Washington, D.C. 

Following Ginsburg’s death, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to take her seat on the Supreme Court. Barrett has been very vocal about supporting the pro-life movement, stating more than once that she believes life begins at conception. Upon President Trump’s nomination of Barrett, social media was thrown into an uproar. During her nomination acceptance speech, Barrett praised Ginsburg and what she has done for women in law. 

As we mourn the death of Justice Ruth Brader Ginsburg, it is important to keep in mind that she would want us to vote on Nov. 3.

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