The Everlasting Impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ellie Hamashima

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for gender and race equality, a feminist hero, and a significant judge on America’s highest court of appeal. Not only did RBG defend reproductive freedom and gay marriage throughout her career, but her legacy also goes beyond her achievements in the supreme court. She was the first woman to earn a tenured faculty post at Columbia Law School and the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. RBG changed the world while simultaneously inspiring the population to persevere and fight for their rights. While alive, she changed the world for the better, but many worry that her recent passing could do the exact opposite.

U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, receives the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award from Lynda Johnson Robb, left, and Luci Baines Johnson at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2020. (LBJ Foundation Photo/Jay Godwin) (LBJ Foundation)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final wish: that she will not be replaced until a new president is installed. Many Green Hope Falcons have passionate responses to this desire, Julia Dupuis, voices, “I sincerely hope that her wish is honored and Trump isn’t allowed to nominate another Justice. I think that that would cause many problems and innumerable, irreparable negative impacts would change America.” Moreover, Avery M. adds that, “when Obama wanted to replace a supreme court justice in January before the election, he was denied that right because it was, “too close to re-election” but now one month away from the election, Trump wants to replace her as soon as possible.” Not only do many Falcons report they would feel ‘disgusted’ if this wish is not respected, but numerous Falcons also report feeling ‘terrified’ and ‘scared’ after RBG’s passing. Charlie Jeffries says, “I’m scared for the future of the US. Ginsburg was the one who fought for the equality of everyone; women, minorities. I feel that someone who would take her place will not agree with the things she stood up for, and personally, I think we’re going to go back in time.” Others acknowledge that, “she was a major protector of women’s and LGBT people’s rights and if a new justice is appointed those rights could be taken away.”  Many students at Green Hope discern that they personally could be harmed by this event.  Grace Coghlan points out, “I think the LGBTQ+ community could be negatively affected by this. The wonderful lady that we unfortunately lost stood for gay marriage rights and I fear that the person that replaces her with revoking the right for people of the LGBTQ+ community’s gay marriage law.”

Never mind your political beliefs, RBG was undoubtedly a determined, bright woman. She made a lasting impact despite being born when women were not supposed to make any impact at all. She changed the lives of so many Americans, and many Green Hope students are saddened by this loss. May her memory be a blessing.