Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader, a legal pioneer for gender equality and only the second woman to serve to the Supreme Court, has passed aged 87 in her home in Washington.
The news was announced in a statement by the US Supreme Court.
Justice Ginsburg, or popularly known as RBG, was born in Brooklyn, and she went to the top of her law school class at a time when women were called upon for taking a man’s place. She was known for her legal embodiment of the women’s liberation movement and many generations of female lawyers saw her as a role model.
This is what the statement by Chief Justice John Roberts said:
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. 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.”
RBG served on the nation’s highest court for 27 years and she became its most prominent member.
Many people now fear that there will be a very nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will take her place at the Supreme Court.