Updated: Aug 14
Video from Guardian News
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scholar, lawyer, judge, and Justice has died. Life is brief like a vapor.
Even at the age of 87 from cancer we feel as if we hardly got to know her. But such is our relationship to each other and Time itself.
As a feminist icon, Ginsburg founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s, where she fought for gender equity. In 1993 she became only the second woman in history to join the nation’s highest court.
Born the year Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the hard-fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women.
Historically, the Court is meant to be insulated from public opinion, which requires of the Justices that they lead largely private lives. But Ginsburg became a celebrity in her own right. The pleasure Ginsburg took in her own celebrity, as she became a feminist icon, is understandable. She appeared on late-night television shows and became the subject of documentaries, feature films, and books for children.
Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the leader of the court's liberal wing and became a rock star to her admirers. Young women especially embraced the court's Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the Notorious RBG, for her defense of the rights of women and minorities.
But you don’t need the high profile that RBG had to affect life and our world. Where you are right now, look around you. In your community on your block if you see someone that needs help then help them as best you can. Never give up.