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Remembering Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2020

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“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

--Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933 to September 18, 2020)

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On September 17, 2020, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg received the National Constitution Center's 2020 Liberty Medal. Below is a video tribute that was shown in honor of Justice Ginsburg during the Liberty Medal ceremony.

Tragically, on the day after Justice Ginsburg received the Liberty Medal, she passed away on September 18, 2020.

Justice Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Bill Clinton. She was viewed as a moderate judge who was a consensus builder at the time of her nomination. As time progressed, Justice Ginsburg became part of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court as the Court shifted in a conservative direction over time. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O'Connor, and Justice Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court. During her tenure, Justice Ginsburg wrote many notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000). She developed the nickname "Notorious RBG" in part for her fiery dissents.

Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was best known for advocating for "Equal Justice Under Law" when she successfully argued civil rights cases in front of the Supreme Court. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, in the words of Ginsburg, who served as the co-founder of the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU, "Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy."

The National Museum of American Jewish History hosted a special exhibition from October 4, 2019 to January 12, 2020 entitled NOTORIOUS RBG which was described as follows: "From trailblazer to pop-culture icon, this first-ever retrospective of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explored her extraordinary life as the second woman—and the first Jewish woman—to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court."

On December 19, 2019, Justice Ginsburg appeared at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia to accept her award as the 21st inductee into the National Museum of American Jewish History's "Only in America" Hall of Fame.

Following her passing, crowds gathered across the country to pay tribute to Justice Ginsburg, including the the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Memorial to Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., September 20, 2020

 

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