Tiny in stature, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant when it came to fighting for the fair and equal rights of the people. May she rest in Power! The iconic Supreme Court justice was a champion of women's rights and a force against gender discrimination. R.G.B. passed September 18 at home, surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. She was 87.

Before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by President Jimmy Carter, Ginsburg spent most of career advocating for gender equality and women's rights. She was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and took her oath in 1993. Ginsburg was lovingly known as "The Notorious R.B.G." not just because she came from Brooklyn, but also because she made sure the equal protection guarantee under the Constitution was upheld.

Ginsburg played a key role in landmark cases like:

  • Olmstead v LC, 1999 - Known as the “Integration Mandate,” the case gave people with mental disabilities to live in communities rather than institutions
  • United States v. Virginia, 1996 - Struck down the Virginia Military Institute's male-only admissions policy as a violation of equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment

Thank you R.G. B. for all that you've done. Our nation is a better place because of you!

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