May you Rest In Peace, RBG.
Yesterday, (we’re not sure at what time it was, unfortunately) Jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg left our Earth. At the age of 87, almost 9 decades, Ruth passed away due to “complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.” Source: NPR.
Many ‘world-shapers’ have deceased, and homages have been exchanged, tributes made, obituaries posted, but RBG brought something special to our world. Being a legendary icon in Women’s Rights and a relentless feminist, she has helped make America more diverse, she contributed to making same-gender marriage legal, which is a vast step into larger tolerance, and human rights.
Famous for her witty ‘I dissent’, the pop culture icon has made quite a name for herself. For her quirky clapbacks and shrewd responses, she’s known as the ‘Notorious RBG’ among fans. She never retired, choosing justice over retirement. Choosing the people’s rights over herself. Choosing the world over rest. An icon, surely, a relentless diplomat with the work ethic of a start-up CEO, without a doubt.
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only has helped America, but her effort behind where she got is miraculous.
1. Ruth’s Childhood
Born March 15, 1933, RBG celebrated her 87th birthday earlier this year. Born Joan Ruth Bader, she had 2 older siblings and was born to Celia and Nathan Bader. One of her older siblings, named Marilyn died at six years old of meningitis.
At school, there were many other children named Joan, thus Joan Ruth began to go by simply ‘Ruth’, so that her Ruth knew the teacher was talking to her and not the other Joans. This name developed into her adulthood, that’s how we know her as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and not Joan Bader Ginsburg.
Unsurprisingly. Ruth was amazing at school, and was assiduous enough to work smart and hard for excelling grades, (and yes, her work ethic developed that young, wow.)
2. Teen Years
Ruth’s mother, Celia Bader, the mother of a future icon/boss/legend/feminist/role model (and more!), died of cancer a day before Ruth’s graduation of high school. Trauma following her, two deaths in your family can cause severe mental illnesses, but our queen never -EVER- gets held back. Ruth, rather than making excuses, learned the value of independence from her mother, and made her stronger than ever.
3. University and Careers
In 1954, RBG graduated from university with a Bachelor’s degree, unsurprisingly arriving top of her class. That same year, she married a fellow student, aptly named Martin Ginsburg. Ruth and Martin’s first child – a girl named Jane – grew up seeing little of her dad, as the year she was born, he had to serve in the military.
Then, when Martin came back, they enrolled in another university, perhaps making Ruth the feminist that she is, as the environment was male-dominated.
A boss of the university was not happy that there were women in a ‘men’s field’, and they were not treated fairly. But, being the boss that she is, Ruth persevered and kept moving, because never mind the haters.
4. Life In General
Then, in 1956, Martin got cancer, and thus Ruth, being the compassionate human that she is, started taking notes for Martin during law class, whilst taking care of her daughter and pursuing her own studies. Wow. What a boss.
Fortunately, Martin recovered successfully! Hurrah! And he then got a job at a law firm. Hurrah again! Then, enrolling to a third university, Ruth pursued more law studies. She graduated 1st (obviously!) in her class.
Even though she was already a feminist boss back then, there was still that aggravating gender inequality. Finding it exceedingly hard to find a job, she finally landed one working as a clerk for a law firm. Then she herself taught at a law school, working with children hoping to pursue the same as her.
In the funky-and-I-know-it 70s, she worked for a feminist group, with women seeing through society’s diaphanous gender inequality.
In 1980 came her miracle year. President Carter issued RBG to the ‘US Court of Appeals’. And then on the year that helped bring her where she is today, 1993, she got a seat as a Supreme Court Justice by then-POTUS Bill Clinton. Many doubted her abilities, and thus she was ‘confirmed’ by Senators.
She helped multitudes in women rights, human rights, and the separation of churches and states. Her Bush Vs Gore decision made her gain a lot of popularity. Most of the court wanted Bush, but, she used her intuition and powerful, powerful brain and chose Gore. That chose the presidential election of 2000.
To conclude, RBG helped the world in ways only a superhuman could, well, she is a superhuman, so we aren’t surprised! She left behind powerful feminism, victory for humanity and most importantly – JUSTICE!!!
May Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rest In Peace, forever.