By Elizabeth Scalzo
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is a perfect example of how powerful Jewish women can be. I am proud to be part of a sorority that accepts remarkable Jewish women such as RBG. She has gifted us with a plethora of women rights. She has done so much for women, we must continue her fight.”
–Sarah Panza, Vice President of Alpha Epsilon Phi at FDU, via Instagram DM.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left many heavy hearts this weekend. As a crusader of equal rights, she truly pushed this country forward.
Ginsburg graduated from Cornell in 1954. At Cornell, she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, which has a chapter at FDU Metro.
Following her Cornell education, Ginsburg went to Harvard Law School and transferred to Columbia Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. After graduating, she faced discrimination in her field of law and struggled to get her first job.
She overcame and eventually was appointed as a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 — the second female justice. She was always a warrior for women’s rights.
In 1996, Ginsburg made her mark in the beginning of her Supreme Court career when she wrote the majority opinion for the United States v. Virginia, which was a case against the Virginia Military Institute that had a males-only admission policy, according to CNN.
She became a cultural icon to many after a law student started a Tumblr blog called “Notorious R.B.G.” — a play on rapper Notorious B.I.G., who was also Brooklyn born — interspersed with Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court opinion and articles about the octogenarian. Inspired by the blog, filmmakers released “RBG,” which would earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary in 2019.
The woman who also inspired the biopic “On the Basis of Sex” will continue to live through the equality warriors she has inspired along the way.
Let’s remember the words of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”