Editorial: May her memory be a blessing

Staff Editorial

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will have a lasting impact on our nation.

Right now the country sits wondering what will happen next; when will the seat be filled, who will fill her seat, what does this mean for the countless cases she helped make rulings on that have changed the lives of many Americans?

With the world moving so rapidly and the new normal changing by the minute, it’s valid to wonder what is going to come of this major change to the highest court in our country, but for now, even if just for a second, let us focus on the work Ginsburg has done in her life in her pursuit of equality for all.

Ginsburg had an impact on many cases that shaped how discrimination of women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.

Some of the most notable cases she was popular side of the argument with include the United States v. Virginia which required the Virginia Military Institute to accept women into previously all-male school, Olmstead v. L.C. that required states to place individuals with intellectual disabilities in community living settings if it is the beliefs of the state’s treatment professional that that is the best option for the individual(s) and Obergefell v. Hodges which granted same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

One of her most popular dissents being from Ledbetter v. Goodyear, a case in which a woman accused Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Of unequal pay between her and her male counterparts.

In her dissent, Ginsburg said, “in our view, the court does not comprehend, or is indifferent to, the insidious way in which women can be victims of pay discrimination. The ball is in Congress’ court … to correct this Court’s parsimonious reading of Title VII.”

Later, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that declared each discriminatory paycheck reset the 180-day limit to file a claim of wage discrimination.

Outside of her career, Ginsburg is an inspiration to women in the workforce, mothers in the workforce and activists fighting for equal treatment.

Ginsburg consistently fought for equality among all, regardless of sex, age, race, abilities, etc. and has and will continue to encourage generations of people to fight for what they believe in.

May her memory be a blessing.