Feminist Icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, and a Country Mourns

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Friday, September 18, 2020. Many Americans are mourning the loss of a Supreme Court inspiration.

The liberal, who was well-known by the moniker RBG and served as a justice since 1993, died from complications of pancreatic cancer, as per the Supreme Court, and was surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Ginsburg had battled colon cancer in 1999 and her first bout with pancreatic cancer in 2011. She had been hospitalized several times over the last year after radiation treatment last summer and surgery to remove two malignant nodules in her lung the year before. Despite all of her health issues, the New York native never stopped working.

A feminist icon and staunch supporter of women’s rights since the 1970s, Ginsburg’s role in the Supreme Court secured her the legacy as a fighter for women. In addition to her arguing on behalf of women getting the right to sign a mortgage without a man, Ginsburg was also responsible for American women having the right to a bank account without a male co-signer, the right to a job without being discriminated against based on gender (there’s even a movie about this!), and the right for women to have children while working.

On her passing, Chief Justice John Roberts called her a “justice 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,” read his statement.

In one of her last statements, dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera, Ginsburg reportedly said: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

News of RBG’s death swept the nation, prompting millions to share their thoughts and musings on social media. Mourners even gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court over the weekend to chant her name on the night of her death.

On Monday, the Supreme Court followed a tradition dating back to at least 1873 and draped Ginsburg’s seat and the Courtroom doors with a black wool crepe in her memory. They will also fly the flags at half staff for 30 days.

Tags: Social Justice, Groundbreaking Women, Gender Equality, Mental Health

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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