Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the feminist icon who paved a blazing way for women in Law, has passed away at the age 87. The Supreme Court Justice was surrounded by her family when she breathed her last, at her home in Washington D.C. Based on a statement issued by the apex court, the cause of death was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, as reported by NPR.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts, according to NPR. “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.”
Known for the cutthroat responses she delivered with dignity and grace from her seat in the nation’s highest court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an inspiration to women and men alike. Affectionately known as RBG, Ginsburg was only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and rose to become a cultural icon for the much younger generations during the 27 years she worked here.
Before she became a Supreme Court Justice, RBG was one of the most prominent voices for women’s rights since the 1970s. Though many didn’t shy away from commenting on her fragile appearance, the Brooklyn-born lawyer was hardly ever deterred by her 5-foot frame.
And did she command respect. Be it the President of the United States or the people who disagreed with her views, RBG had the rapt attention of every person in the room when she spoke. Nominated by president Bill Clinton in 1993, RBG had served in the apex court even as she battled colon cancer and survived, and through her later diagnosis of tumors in her pancreas. She had no intention of retiring regardless of what anyone had to say about her age.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew to become one of the most prominent voices for women’s rights as she remained focused on fighting for equality in a man’s world. And the impact she had on those who watched her work tirelessly was visible when the court announced her death. The news of RBG’s passing brought hundreds of people to the steps of the Supreme Court in the late hours of Friday, September 18, mourning the death of a cultural icon like none other.
From her support for the LGBTQ community to her unflinching drive to uphold the law regardless of who had crossed the line, RBG deserved every bit of admiration and support she recieved from the people. She had the love and support of her family by her side in her final hours, and the entire nation mourning in her death. May her soul rest in peace.