Supreme Court justice and a fierce proponent of gender equality Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, the high court said, after a long battle with metastatic cancer. She was 87.
Known for her strong opposition to gender inequality and a flagbearer of women’s rights throughout her illustrious career, Ruth Bader died in her Washington DC home surrounded by her family over complication from a fatal pancreatic cancer, NBC News reported.
Ruth Bader has in her lifetime suffered from resurfacing cancer multiple times. In July she was reportedly undergoing chemotherapy treatment for some lesions on her liver, one of her perhaps last battles with the disease.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.
“Today we mourn, but with confidence, that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Chief justice Ruth Bader a.k.a ‘Notorious RBG’ within her fanbase was known for her unbarred tongue and the numerous times she openly challenged rules and laws that harness the equality of sexes.
The late Supreme Court justice famously told her granddaughter her ‘most fervent wish’ was to ‘not be replaced until a new president is installed,’ she said taking a dig at President Donald Trump. She was a liberal.
Nominated to the court by former president Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader was the only female Chief Justice to serve the US Supreme Court after Sandra Day O’Connor.
Following the news of her death, fans gathered in front of the Supreme Court for an impromptu memorial, social media images confirm.
“Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” President Trump said in a daily briefing, right when the news of Ruth Bader’s death was delivered to him.
“#RBG was a champion for justice and she cleared the way for gender equality so other women can have a seat at the table. Her legacy will live on,” UN Woman’s Twitter handle shared.
Condolences poured in from every walks of life, for RBG, as her name was trendig top on Twitter.
“Your impact and contribution will never be forgotten. Thank you, RBG. Your legacy lives on. Rest in Peace,” actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas wrote on Instagram quoting Ruth Bader’s words.
During her last days in service to the US Supreme Court, she continued to perform with persistence and remained the unquestioned boss of what she has been all her life, even with her personal health crisis overpoweringly there to bother her.
Among the many face-changing rulings she made during her career was the Virginia Military case where she made the Virginia Military Institute to accept women or give up state funding in 1996.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933, Ruth Bader was the second daughter in a middle-class family. After losing her sister who died at age 6, her family moved to Brooklyn’s Flatbush section where she reportedly grew up.
A lover of Opera, Ruth Bader did not enter law as an equal rights champion, but because she has ‘no talent in the arts’ and could ‘write fairly’ and ‘analyze problems clearly.’