We honor the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her passing last Friday. Ginsburg was a fearless advocate for gender inequality and was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. She also consistently voted on education cases that supported minority communities.
“Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded us to remain committed to protecting our democracy, our Constitution and the rule of law,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “But it was her personal courage and resilience, especially in the face of illness, that reminded us just how much strength one single person can have.”
Ginsburg attended Cornell University and obtained her law degree at Columbia. After law school, she completed a law professorship and assisted the American Civil Liberties Union with the launching of their Women’s Rights Project. President Jimmy Carter then nominated her to serve in the District Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit, where she served for six years. Ginsburg voted on landmark cases such as United States v. Virginia, Shelby County v. Holder, and Obergefell v. Hodges. She voted in support of affirmative action to increase enrollment for students of color in higher education cases. As she experienced many years of gender discrimination as the only women at the table in many male-dominated settings, she continuously voted in support of gender equity in schools and broadened the reach of Title IX.