It is hard to overstate Ginsburg’s legal, political and cultural legacy. The second-ever female Supreme Court Justice, she entered law school in 1956, a time when women accounted for less than 3% of the legal profession in the U.S. She would spend her life strategically dismantling this status quo; as her former ACLU colleagues once noted, she was “by no means a bomb thrower,” but “the things she achieved were bombshells.”
Ginsburg believed in giving credit to the women on whose shoulders we stand. And now, we stand on hers. Melinda Gates writes, “At the core of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary life was a simple conviction: ‘Women belong,’ she said, ‘in all places where decisions are being made.’ She was a brilliant jurist, an inimitable Supreme Court justice, a force for equality and integrity—and she was one of my heroes. There will never be another RBG, but we are a much better, fairer country for all that she gave us.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for women’s basic rights and equality for all. She was never afraid to dissent for the rights of others. Thank you and rest in peace, RBG.