I was living in Brooklyn when a lawyer named Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the Bronx was named to the Supreme Court, only the second woman to serve on the court, following Sandra Day O’Connor. Over the years, the feisty 5’1” Jewish warrior developed the nickname “the Notorious RBG” – a riff on a famous rapper, the Notorious BIG — and a nickname she readily embraced.
Ginsburg in fact was bringing her strong voice and perspective on women’s rights to the court. In her years as a lawyer, Ginsburg had already argued six cases before the Supreme Court, winning five, and also earning a reputation as “the Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law.” She was also close friends with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, despite their opposing views.
“Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land,” former President Barack Obama said. “We’re profoundly thankful for the legacy she left.”
I may have left New York years ago, but I will always treasure the memory of celebrating the selection of Ginsburg. On her deathbed, her request was to leave her Supreme Court seat unfilled until after the Presidential election. It remains to be seen if her wish will be fulfilled. But one thing is certain – RBG will not be forgotten!