By: Riya Lahoti
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known for her progressive advocations toward gender equality, died at the age of 87 due to pancreatic cancer.
Appointed in 1993 by Bill Clinton, Ginsburg was the second female to ever serve on the Supreme Court, yet alone one of the first to promote some of the most common reformists perspectives today: healthcare, abortion, same-sex marraige, immigration, etc.
However, she is most well known for her fights toward gender equality. Geinsberg differed from what you would consider a “modern feminist.” While constant voicing for female rights, she never overlooked battles men have with equality as well, such as societal gender roles. Within one of her early careers, a lawyer with the ACLU women’s rights project, Geinsberg represented many male plaintiffs in their battle against social norms.
A prime example of this was her involvement and representation in the Stephan Wiesenfield case in 1975 where she significantly changed the perspective on assumed gender roles such as females “staying home and looking after the kids,” while “men work and bring home the income.” Within this project, Ginsberg brought in many additional cases, similar to Wiesenfeld, in order to persuade the court to accept the motion that when it comes to the law, men and women are not different, but they are equal.
The Notorious Ruth B. Geinsberg will always be remembered for her determination and progression towards a more gender-equal society.
TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION
Before the death of Ruth Bader Geinsberg, the Supreme Justice had a political split of five Democrats and five Republicans, placing an equal balance of political power within the judiciary branch. However, to succeed Ginsberg, President Donald Trump has nominated lawyer Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Justice.
In a rose garden created to imitate Ginsburg’s own nomination ceremony in 1993, Trump stated that this nomination was a “very proud moment indeed.” He noted that Coney Barrett is a woman who has “unyielding loyalty to the constitution” and who would rule “based solely on the fair reading of the law.”
With previous statements from Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, that the Senate will most likely approve any nomination from Trump, it is expected that Amy Coney Barrett will be the new Supreme Justice, which now will tilt the split to 6-3.
Barrett holds her ground as a strong conservative, which could re-cement Republican opinions back into the Supreme Court, including Roe v. Wade. With previous support toward “pro-life,” there is a chance that Barrett’s new apperance as a Justice, if approved by Senate, could help the Republicans overturn this case; allowing states to create laws banning abortion.
Coney Barret’s confirmation hearing with the senate will begin on October 12, 2020, which will include Barrett’s opening statement, questioning from the Senate about her beliefs and if previous religious bias will affect her ability to act lawfully, and testimonies from those who support Barrett.