On Friday night, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87-years-old. Ginsburg served faithfully on the Supreme Court for 27 years. Ginsburg’s death was immediately made into a divisive political event without even a night of unity over someone who served on our highest court. Despite political differences, Ginsburg was a fighter and deserves recognition for the life she lived.
Ginsburg was one of only four women to serve on the Supreme Court. She worked hard to get there. Ginsburg grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Brooklyn where her mom passed away just before she graduated high school. When she was in Harvard law school, she had to balance the duties of a mother with her schooling. She was able to become the first women member in the Harvard Law Review journal. Ginsburg’s story is the American dream: starting with nothing and working to a better life.
No, I did not agree with a lot of Ginsburg’s Supreme Court decisions. However, Ginsburg’s friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia was one to look up. They were able to put politics aside and still be great friends, which is something that is lacking today. A reporter asked Ginsburg if it was awkward to hang out with Scalia after he criticized some of her views, she said “not at all.” She then went on to tell the audience how funny Scalia was and their history as friends. That is how everyone should be striving to act today.
Even those who disagreed with her can find many lessons to be learned from her life. She’s a figure deserving respect from both sides of the aisle, a testament to both her own character and to the continued existence of the American Dream. These are lessons worth learning and we can thank her for the ideal she will continue to be. May she rest in peace.
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