Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, and in many ways still is, a hero to millions of Americans. Her fight for equal rights began long before her time serving as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. RBG attended Harvard Law School and was the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. During her time in law school, she cared for her young child and her husband as he was struggling with cancer and still she excelled academically. She was the first female tenured professor at Columbia Law School where she taught for 8 years. And she worked with the ACLU during the 70’s where she argued six cases in front of the supreme court.
RBG accomplished all of this before she was even considered for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court. And around 20 years later in 1993, when RBG was 60, Bill Clinton nominated her for a vacant space on the Supreme Court. RBG was confirmed with a sweeping 96–3 vote and became the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Jewish and second female Supreme Court justice.
On September 18, 2020, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. So many people across America mourned her loss. They cried and grieved for a woman who did so much for others for no other reason than that it was the right thing to do. That is the ending that RBG deserves. She deserved to pass away without having to fight for months just to prevent President Trump from nominating the next Supreme Court Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserved a peaceful death and we deserved the chance to mourn her.
When RBG died and a seat was vacated on the U.S. Supreme Court we also felt fear. Fear that Donald Trump would choose another Supreme Court Justice, perhaps one even more disastrous than Brett Kavanaugh. Fear that we would have an almost completely Conservative Supreme Court. Fear that everything RBG worked on for so long and so hard, things like abortion rights, gender equality, rights of workers, and the separation of church and state will all be taken away as if they were never there in the first place. And so when we heard that our hero died we were not given the chance to grieve our loss. We never had the chance to just grieve, because the moment that she died we were scared.
Because we knew the moment she died it was time to fight. To fight for our right to help in the choosing of a new Supreme Court Justice. To fight for our gender equality rights. To fight for the rights of workers and lower class families. To fight for the right to have an abortion without facing the death penalty. We deserved to mourn her, but instead we’ll fight for her.
And when we’ve won that fight we’ll remember the Senators, the President, and everyone else who claimed that Donald Trump deserved to appoint a supreme court justice in 4 months when the Senate delayed President Obama for nearly 300 days. We’ll remember what they took away from us and we won’t forgive easily.
About the Author:
After being subjected to homophobic harassment in the classroom, Isabella decided to try and use her writing to encourage others to stand up for each other and themselves. Isabella is a high school student in Lafayette, IN.