Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993. She went to Harvard Law School where she was one of 9 women in the school. She then went to Cornell where she met her husband. She died at age 87 of pancreatic cancer on Friday, September 18th.
Even before she was on the high court she was a huge women’s activist. She was often described as a “hero” and “a true inspiration.” While she was working as an attorney, she argued 6 cases in front of an all-male court.
I had the opportunity to go to DC and talk to people at the memorial outside of the Supreme Court. Everyone I talked to there was thankful for all the work she did. Ms. Kain also had the chance to go. She went on the weekend that RBG died. Ms. Kain had to rearrange plans so she could go pay respects. She could not miss this moment.
I spoke to Ms. Hodges and she said that Ruth Bader Ginsburg “represents power, purpose, democracy, and good demeanor” she stated, “ I don’t want her to be too unique- I want others like her”.
Ginsburg had a lasting impression on everyone. Ms. Kriewald described her as a “champion of justice.” Ms. Hodges said that she was “ unparalleled to women’s rights”. Ms. Kain said that she was “ everything to me” and she “made women people”. I had the chance to talk to someone who observed her twice, she described her as a “voice of reason.”
Everyone I talked to said that they were surprised to hear that she had died. One person told me that they “got up and loudly exclaimed something fairly inappropriate” another person said that they “felt dead.. expecting it, but could not feel”
Everyone I talked to is sad to see her go and they all agreed that someone just like her should take her place, as a younger version of her. When I asked people what they would say to her if they got the chance now, they all said “thank you”.
She was the first woman to lie in state in the capital and lie in repose in the Supreme Court. Even after she has passed, she is still making history.