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World Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Outsider’s Champion, Has Died at 87

03:32  19 september  2020
03:32  19 september  2020 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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  Obituary: Ruth Bader Ginsburg The US Supreme Court justice was a feminist heroine, cultural icon and national treasure.Ginsburg became only the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , the demure firebrand who in her 80 s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87 . "Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief

Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Supreme Court justice , trailblazing feminist, and the closest thing to a folk hero the high court has ever seen, has died at the age of 87 . In a statement dictated to her granddaughter just days before her death, Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Mandel Ngan/Getty © Provided by The Daily Beast Mandel Ngan/Getty

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice, trailblazing feminist, and the closest thing to a folk hero the high court has ever seen, has died at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced that she died Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.

In a statement dictated to her granddaughter just days before her death, Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

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  Ruth Bader Ginsburg: progressive icon of US Supreme Court, dies at 87 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was small in stature, but her influence was enormous -- both as a champion of women's rights early in her career and as a progressive force on the US Supreme Court. - Unlikely pop culture hero - The tiny woman with a low ponytail was a force to be reckoned in her career, and was seen by many as an inspirational figure. Her exercise regimen was turned into a workout book. Halloween costumes were popular for young girls and women alike. Sometimes, she was depicted wearing a gold crown.For Shana Knizhnik, one of the creators of the Notorious RBG blog, the justice's appeal transcended generational differences.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg , the pioneering Supreme Court justice who became the second female on the nation' s highest court, the leader of its liberal wing and a pop culture icon known as Notorious R.B.G., died Friday night. She was 87 . Ginsburg died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington

Ruth Bader Ginsburg , whose 27-year tenure as the second female justice on the U. S . Supreme Court culminated a legal career dedicated to advancing the Tributes Flood in After Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg . “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a

Tributes began pouring in instantly. The chief justice, John Roberts, said in a statement that the country had lost “a jurist of historic stature.”

“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her—a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Already the subject of two recent films and countless memes, “RBG” the pop-cultural icon has perhaps obscured Ginsburg’s nearly unparalleled impact on the Supreme Court. Well before her “dissent collar,” jabots, and other decorative apparel; before the fiery dissents that rivaled those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia; even before Ginsburg ascended to the court, her place in judicial history was already assured.

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  BREAKING NEWS: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg DEAD Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer, the Supreme Court has announced. The judge, only the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, passed away Friday evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington D.C. following complications with her illness. Ginsburg, who served for 27 years on the highest court of the land, had battled several bouts of cancer after first being diagnosed in 2009.She announced in July she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver.

She was 87 . Ginsburg died surrounded by family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the “But with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice .”

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Among 20th-century justices, only Thurgood Marshall played such a powerful role as an advocate—Marshall in cases involving racial equality, Ginsburg in those involving gender equality.

From 1972, when she co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, until 1980 when she became a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ginsburg altered the course of constitutional interpretation. She persuaded the Warren Court to extend the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause to women.

In this nearly decade-long campaign, Ginsburg was as much canny strategist as outspoken advocate. In one landmark case, for example, she represented a widower, Stephen Wiesenfeld, who had been denied child care benefits because he was male. She won that case, which advanced the cause of gender equality—in part because it showed how gender discrimination hurt everyone, not just women.

Notably, Ginsburg was already in her forties during this line of cases, because she herself had borne the brunt of discrimination against women.

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The justice , an iconic champion of women' s rights, dies at 87 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was the oldest justice and the second ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, where she served for 27 years. "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature

Chief Justice John Roberts said: "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice .”

Born in 1933 to a moderately religious Jewish family in Brooklyn, Ruth Bader quickly distinguished herself, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, then attending Harvard Law School (famously, she was one of nine women in a class of about 500 students total), and transferring to Columbia Law School when her husband Martin took a job in New York City. She graduated first in her class.

And yet, she was rejected from a prestigious Supreme Court clerkship, despite glowing recommendations, because she was a woman (she clerked for a district court in New York instead) and spent the ’60s as a law professor at Rutgers, specializing primarily in the dry area of civil procedure. Only in the ’70s did she find her true calling as a lawyer and professor focused on gender equality.

In the ’80s, Ginsburg earned a reputation—perhaps surprisingly, given her subsequent notoriety—as a meticulous, deliberate moderate. After being nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993, she was confirmed by the Senate 96-3, despite articulating clearly liberal positions on the constitutional right to privacy—the foundation of Roe v. Wade and other controversial cases—and gender equality. (The myth that Ginsburg was somehow evasive about these issues, as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were at their confirmation hearings, has no basis in reality.)

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Arguably, Ginsburg’s latter-day reputation only began to take hold in the mid-2000s, as she dissented from rulings by an increasingly conservative Supreme Court. Had Ginsburg “found her voice,” as New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse put it?  Or had the Court simply moved so far to the right that Ginsburg’s views, once mainstream, were now the subject of angry dissents? History will have to judge.

There are ample materials on which to base such a judgment: dissents in cases on so-called "partial-birth" abortion (Gonzales v. Carhart, 2007), workplace discrimination against women (Ledbetter v. Goodyear, 2007), access to contraception (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, 2014), and many others.

“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives,” Ginsburg wrote in her Hobby Lobby dissent, sharply criticizing the Court’s holding that a corporation could withhold insurance coverage for contraception if it (the corporation) had religious reasons for doing so.

This was a lesson Ginsburg had learned herself. In 1956, she was demoted from her job at the Social Security Administration when she became pregnant. (When she became pregnant with her second child in 1965, she reportedly concealed her pregnancy with loose-fitting clothes.)

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  Ruth Bader Ginsburg in pictures and her own words A look back at some of the justice's greatest quotes on gender equality, law, and being remembered.As serious as she was about these subjects, she also had a way of highlighting critical issues with humour, embracing her nickname "Notorious RBG" and commenting that she and rapper Notorious BIG had something in common: "We were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.

And now the Supreme Court had decided that a corporation’s religious freedom took precedence over women’s access to contraception. Ginsburg called it a “decision of startling breadth.”

There were many such decisions in the last years of Ginsburg’s career, as the Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump’s unconscionable Muslim Ban, taking Trump at his word that it was actually a ban against various insecure countries; allowed a religious baker to turn away gay customers; and sharply curtailed voting rights across the country.

In a 2018 interview, Justice Ginsburg said that her judicial philosophy had been shaped by her Jewish experience, in particular “the sense of being an outsider—of being one of the people who had suffered oppression for no sensible reason. It’s the sense of being part of a minority. It makes you more empathetic to other people who are not insiders, who are outsiders.”

In an age of resurgent xenophobia, nationalism, and hate, such empathy is perhaps more crucial than ever. It is a value that ran through Ginsburg’s articles, briefs, opinions, and dissents. More than any "notorious" pop-cultural ephemera, it will be sorely missed.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Fearless Girl Statue Given Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makeover in Tribute to Supreme Court Justice .
The Fearless Girl statue debuted a new look outside New York's Stock Exchange with a white lace collar in homage to Ginsburg's signature fashion piece.Standing across from the New York Stock Exchange, the statue debuted a white lace collar in homage to Ginsburg's instantly recognizable fashion piece.

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