“This is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity. It’s a decision that she must make for herself. And when Government controls that decision for her, she’s being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.” – then Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when asked about abortion during her 1993 nomination hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On September 18, 2020, the world lost a giant in the world of reproductive rights, gender equity, and voting rights, among other issues of equality and fairness in the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fierce, brilliant, and innovative attorney, judge, and justice. We are heartbroken, and especially so for her family and friends.
From attending Harvard and Columbia law schools at a time when hardly any women were admitted, to teaching law, to founding the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, to winning 5 of the 6 cases she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and advancing the needle of gender equity far beyond what most people even realize, and to serving on the U.S. Supreme Court for over 20 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left a legacy of equality and fairness that will extend for generations.
“When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough (women on the Supreme Court)?’ and my answer is: ‘When there are nine’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We will continue fighting for a world where the rights of Black and Brown people, reproductive rights, gender equity, abortion access, voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality and an end to all oppressions is achieved.
Rest in Power, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and may your memory be both a blessing and a revolution.