Below is the release from the office of the President of Delaware State University on September 21, 2020, to honor the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, 2020.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used
whatever talents she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
At a 1956 welcome dinner for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the eight other women law students, the Dean of Harvard Law School unintentionally changed history by asking, “Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?”
Justice Ginsburg did not take any man’s place, but she did take her own place in the world., and we are clearly the better nation for it. Many younger Americans only know Ruth Bader Ginsberg as the flinty strong Associate Justice on the Supreme Court who has been a fierce champion of both abortion and voting rights. What they may not know is that if you are a woman, andYou have a credit card in your own name;You have your own credit history; You have leased an apartment or bought property;You have given your own consent for a medical operation; You played a sport in high school or college; and You intend to vote in this year’s Presidential election (a right already denied to several million Americans facing relentless voter suppression actions).… then you need to thank Justice Ginsburg.
That all happened before she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993. Her intellect cannot be over-estimated and neither can her unquenchable spirit.
She was never afraid to be a minority of one. Whether it was voting rights, or an often polarizing position on a woman’s right to choose, over her entire career, think of Justice Ginsburg as the person saying with great conviction, every time, “ Women Matter.”
Over the weekend, I ordered our flags hung at half-mast in her honor. They will remain so until she is laid to rest. We should all celebrate this exceptional American. If you have a daughter, Justice Ginsburg made the world better for her. If you have a son, she gave him reason to be a better person in it.
RBG is forevermore.