Who was Ruth Bader Ginsburg & why is she on the news?


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This is the official SCOTUS portrait in the public domain.

Lauren Vierra, News Feature

This month, and 2020 in general, has been chaotic. Americaʻs presidential elections on Nov. 4, for one– and that the head of the Supreme Courtʻs liberal faction has recently passed. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 87, a trailblazing feminist icon who held huge power in influencing the U.S. presidential election passed on Sept. 18. 

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed,” Bader said. 

Nonetheless, her spot on the Supreme Court is vacant and has left a power vacuum; current President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a far-right Republican, and Conservative, to fill it.

Some teens donʻt pay much mind to American politics.

A popular re-tweeted and shared post on Ginsburg’s passing.

“I have no recollection of who she is [Ginsburg],” Meggan Le, junior, said. “I havenʻt seen her on the news, but maybe thatʻs because I donʻt watch the news much.”

She added disparaging remarks about President Trump and his conservative supreme court nominee.

“From what I learned the supreme court is a judicial branch of government,” Le said. “Besides the basics, I hardly recall much about it. Maybe schools shouldʻve gone over this for more than a couple weeks.”

“Who is who?” Ashlee Fong (12) said. “She was an older lawyer lady, right? I honestly donʻt know of anything going on in politics, I guess I never cared. Still donʻt. Itʻs sad she passed away though.”

In the Courtʻs 212 year history, Ginsburg was the second female and first Jewish female justice of the Supreme Court. She also became the longest-serving Jewish justice and championed to eliminate gender-based stereotyping in legislation and regulations

“Yes, I know her, itʻs disheartening to hear many people donʻt know of her,” Lucy Fagan (11) said. “She did a lot for pushing womenʻs rights, the LGBT+ and such.” 

“To be honest, I have not known much about her before her passing,” Fagan continued. “Iʻve learned more about her and what she was doing and I think it’s scary and sad. I think itʻs horrifying whatʻs happening in the wake of her death. Your rights shouldnʻt be revoked because one person died.”

Fagan talked more about Ginsburgʻs importance, 

“She was very important to womenʻs rights and was a liberal icon.”

Fagan and Fong are right-leaning liberals and seemed disheartened at Ginsburgʻs passing. 

On the other hand — “Itʻs hard to lose a matriarch. Iʻm sure she was a cornerstone of the family,” Brady Helsel (11) said.

The Republican-Conservative interviewee seemed sympathetic towards the Ginsburg family. He then started going into Trump policy and his nomination of Judge Barett.

“On the topic of RBGʻs death, a bunch of people are bashing President Trump, on his ʻnot honoring her final wish,'” Helsel said. “Itʻs not up to the dead judge to decide how the next person gets in [elected]. Itʻs got something to do with the constitution or whatever. The government is not a Make A Wish Foundation.”

“Although we had differing opinions on a political spectrum, RBG was pretty cool,” Helsel said.