In March of 2019, a hoard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s followers celebrated her 86th birthday by acting out her signature pushups at courthouses around the country.
This peculiar support was just one of many ways that the modern generation has given thanks to Ginsburg’s contributions to their lives. As of September 18th, her boldness and determination were no longer able to keep her in court. Ginsburg died on Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer.
In the 1970s, figures like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan were avid supporters of women’s rights and feminism. During this time, Ginsburg served to identify the problem, brief it, and take it to the Supreme Court.
During the time, she was 37 years old and receiving plenty of backlash and discrimination, which she worked to end. Her first job was a litigator for the Women’s Rights Project. In a precise manner, she studied things that kept women down, including chapter, title, clause, and footnote of the legal canon.
Upon leaving ACLU, Ginsburg had wiped nearly 200 laws that discriminated against women. Throughout her long and prosperous career, she became a driving force for all women’s rights.
In the past few years, her supporters experienced concern due to disturbing things happening with her. In 2015, she fell asleep during the State of the Union, and in 2019 she missed the court’s opening session. This absence was her first in 26 years. Doctors discovered cancerous nodules in her lungs, which quickly removed. She didn’t fully recover from cancer, soon finding a tumor on her pancreas. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, she insisted on continuing to serve in the Supreme Court.
Through the years, she battled lots of discrimination, but it was never in her nature to be outwardly angry. Her even temperament and spirit soon paid off. After writing a book about equality in Swedish, she became a teacher and founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. Though her school was progressive, she still experienced discrimination. Earning less than a male colleague, she was told that he had a wife and children to support and that her husband had a good enough job. Soon after this incident, she gave birth to James’s son and became an esteemed professor at Columbia University.
Ginsburg has silently persisted to end discrimination. She received a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center in 2019 after being introduced by David Rubinstein. Men quickly joined in on the ovation until the entire audience was applauding. Her many illnesses didn’t affect her motivation, and she held on until her will was no longer enough.