Associate Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept.18, at the age of 87, joining the list of icons whose lives were taken in 2020. The Supreme Court officially announced her death, which was caused by complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was the second female Supreme Court justice to ever serve in the history of the United States.
Ginsburg encountered cancer five times in her life, forcing her to undergo many surgical procedures and chemotherapy. Her first bout of cancer was the early stages of colon cancer, which was announced publicly back in 1999, six years after her entrance to the Supreme Court.
Throughout her life, Ginsburg strived to make a difference in women’s roles. Before becoming Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the US to center on women’s rights, and the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She then served in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for 13 years.
Upon her entrance into the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg continued to advocate for women’s rights, stating the inequalities that women were subjected to by requesting the Congress to amend federal laws, such as Title VII of Civil Rights of Act of 1964, which restricted many rights of women. Ginsburg later helped inspire the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which requires all employers to make sure that their employees were paid equally.
Ginsburg’s advocating for women’s rights in her role as Supreme Court justice has made her the role model in the eyes of many women and young girls. Her legacy and achievements continue to bring hope to women and girls that the world could achieve gender equality. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made,” she once said. “It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”