By- Divya Makanaboina
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court, a defender of women’s rights and the leading independent face of the court, died at the age of 87. Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas in her home in Washington, DC, supported by her relatives, the court said on Friday evening in a release.
“A jurist of historic stature has been lost to our country,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement. “We have lost a beloved colleague at the Supreme Court. We are grieving today, but with faith that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and committed defender of justice.”
Following the announcement of Ginsburg’s death, flags outside the White House and Supreme Court in the US capital were lowered to half-staff Friday evening. In order to honor her death, hundreds of people assembled outside the Supreme Court and homages poured in from politicians, actors, athletes and many others, who praised Ginsburg as a liberal symbol who paved the way for women.
Ginsburg was an American jurisprudence giant and a stalwart supporter of the interests of women and voters. In 1993, by then US President Bill Clinton, she was named to the Supreme Court-becoming just the second woman ever to serve on the court. Ginsburg has been a popular culture symbol known as the ‘Notorious RBG’ in recent years. She was the subject of a feature film, On the Sex Basis, and a documentary film about her life and the legal profession in 2018.
“In the documentary, Ginsburg said, summarising her lifelong work for gender equality,” I ask no favour for my sex. All I ask of our brothers is that they keep their feet off our necks. In July, Ginsburg revealed that she was receiving chemotherapy treatment for lesions in her liver, the most recent of her many cancer fights.
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Her death just over six weeks before the presidential election on November 3 is likely to launch a battle in the US Senate on whether she should be replaced by a jurist nominated by US President Donald Trump. Trump has already appointed to the court two conservative judges. Informed of Ginsburg’s death by reporters during an election campaign rally, Trump said “she was an extraordinary woman” who “lived an incredible life.” Trump did not discuss any future plans for her replacement to be nominated.
In a subsequent speech, the President hailed Ginsburg as a “titan of the law” who was “highly regarded at the Supreme Court for her brilliant mind and her strong dissents. Her convictions, and some well-known rulings on women’s and disabled legal equality, influenced all Americans, and generations of great legal minds,” the statement continued.
The respects were also given by Conservative politicians. “It was with deep sorrow that I heard of Justice Ginsburg’s death,” said Republican Senator Lindsay Graham on Twitter. “Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who had an immense passion for her causes. As a member of the Supreme Court, she served with respect and distinction.”
Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, said Ginsburg was “an incredible woman with an exceptional ethic of work.” “With total belief, she was a hero and she has my absolute admiration! # RIP,” he wrote on Twitter. Hundreds of people had assembled in Washington DC outside of the Supreme Court within hours of the news breaking to pay their respects.