Sadly, on Friday, September 18th, the former Supreme Court Associate Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, one of the few Jewish Supreme Court Justices to ever be pointed and the second-ever woman Supreme Court Justice has passed away, though her legacy will not be forgotten: she is widely known due to her feminist agendas and work in gender equality, and women’s rights.
Over the span of her career, Ginsburg received a wide range of attention from the public: she was inducted into the “women’s hall of fame” in 2002 as well as being named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Glamour magazine's edition of Women of the Year 2012, and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people back in 2015.
Ginsburg served as a personal example during her lifetime, she is widely recognized for her philanthropic acts and selflessness. Furthermore, she displayed perseverance and the results of true dedication and hard work as time and time again she fought against the accepted and conventional social paradigms that were supposedly “set in stone”. Born in 1933 to a low-income Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, she defied the odds and earned her bachelor’s degree from the Ivy League school, Cornell University. After getting married and giving birth to her first child she went on to study law at Harvard, eventually graduating from Columbia Law School at the top of her class.
Ginsburg strived for justice, the abolition of inequality, and the basic acts of acceptance and providing everyone with fair and equal opportunities. Her work will be studied and revered for decades to come, and she will not be forgotten. We at HaBonim Dror Olami mourn the loss of this great individual who worked tirelessly for change, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ginsburg’s family. May she rest in peace.