The United States legal system, the Supreme Court, and the world at large lost a hero last night when Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. The Supreme Court Justice succumbed to pancreatic cancer last night at 87 years old. Known to many as the Notorious RBG, Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for women’s rights, pioneering a whole new approach to sex discrimination. Without her contributions, both as a lawyer, and later on the bench as a Justice, gender discrimination would be far worse than it is today.
Obviously, the film world recently chronicled her life in the documentary RBG and the biopic On the Basis of Sex. However, far more important was her contributions to the world in a legal sense. Now, much of that is threatened. In a statement dictated to her granddaughter, Ginsburg made her final wishes quite clear, stating:
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
As we await news of what the current Administration plans to do in terms of a replacement, remember, elections have consequences. Do not dare sit on the sidelines this time. The 2016 results once again bear their ugly fruit.
Even beyond politics, this is just a terrible loss of an icon and true American hero. Our condolences go out to her family and friends, as well as all those whose rights are now potentially in danger of being erased.
Rest in Peace RBG…