The dean of the Supreme Court of the United States died on Friday at 87. This feminist fighter has fought all her life for equality between women and men.
She’s going to leave a big void. Her struggles and her career had made her a progressive icon across the Atlantic. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87. The Supreme Court judge died of pancreatic cancer. In France, the documentary RBG, broadcast on Netflix in 2018 and a biopic released in 2019, made it possible to publicize his extraordinary journey.
Born March 15, 1933 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York, at a time when women were not welcome in universities, she still studied at Cornell, before joining Harvard law school and Columbia. At the end of this prestigious career, however, she struggles to find a job in a law firm. She began a university career during which she discovered, during a stay, Swedish culture and especially more equal relationships between women and men, recalls the ” New York Times ».
Reinforced in her convictions, she took the direction in 1972 of a section reserved for discrimination based on sex within the association. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The lawyer wins several Supreme Court cases, advancing the rights of women and LGBT people. She fights in particular to promote access to abortion or for gay marriage. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed Supreme Court Justice in 1993 by Bill Clinton. Her fights make her very popular. She even earns the nickname ” Notorious RBG »In reference to rapper Notorious BIG.
TRIBUTES THAT MULTIPLY
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris or Gloria Steinem… many personalities paid tribute to him on Friday.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. My statement: https://t.co/Wa6YcT5gDi
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 19, 2020
We each can honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg by asking ourselves, « What would Ruth do? » Using this as a guide in our own lives will keep her with us.
We can also honor what she said so recently: « My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed. » pic.twitter.com/LYG8dzTLlC
— Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
In the midst of the presidential campaign, his death will open up new questions. Indeed, Donald Trump will have control over the choice of the future candidate to replace her. In order to please his constituents, he could go for a very conservative person. According to the American radio NPR, the judge would have confided shortly before dying her wish not to be replaced “until a new president has not taken the oath”.
This article first appeared on elle.fr.
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