With a heavy heart, I write of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today. Ginsburg was 87 years old. She died of cancer.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Ginsburg had a distinguished career as an attorney and co-founder of the ACLU. Ginsburg became the ACLU’s lead attorney and argued six gender discrimination cases in front of the Supreme Court in the 1970s. She won 5 of 6. Ginsburg served on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1980 until 1993 (when she became a Supreme Court Justice).
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become somewhat of a feminist icon. Her fame rose in 2007 as she began reading her dissenting opinions on the bench. Her fame rose due to Tumblr where the blog Notorious R.B.G. and then the subsequent book made her the icon for a new breed of feminists.
The weeks ahead will be filled with pundits talking about filling the seat that Ginsburg has left behind. Looking at the Senate website of Supreme Court Confirmations it takes on average three months for a candidate to go from “announced” to confirmed by the Senate. With 46 days until the election, President Trump will announce a name to replace Ginsburg, after her funeral. I wouldn’t be surprised if he announced one by Friday. But will this nomination be confirmed before the election?