We Have Lost RBG

Possibly the greatest warrior has fallen and it’s up to us to pick up her mantle.

This is the woman who made equality for women possible. Half the population of the USA owe to her our position as equals, our relative financial independence, our ability to go to school, and even such basic rights as autonomy over our own bodies. She did not ask for special treatment but she demanded equality, not just for herself, but for everyone.

She was a champion for civil rights and was known for her cutting remarks and turn of phrase. And for that she was feared and called “controversial.” In this year of our Lord 2020 the revolutionary act of standing up for civil rights is, “controversial.”

RBG said her mother told to “be a lady,” but also to “be independent.” She managed that, and then she set herself to work creating a world where all women could be independent. I hope to one day fulfil my mother’s dreams for me as well as RBG did for her own mother.

At 5'1" the Notorious RBG towered over the other justices and will remain a giant in US Constitutional Law. But casual observers could also not help but observe that independent of her cutting wit and unparalleled intelligence she was, as her mother advised her to be, a lady. Ginsburg never failed to look remarkable and stylish. As she aged she embraced it never giving into fads or surgery, but also not relinquishing her remarkable beauty. Even having just returned from the hospital having fought life-threatening illness she never faltered in grace.

RBG in part to maintain her health but probably more importantly because she enjoyed it, adhered to a strict and tough exercise regimen well into her golden years. She unabashedly worked out with weights and resistance bands to keep herself strong and well. By example she encouraged women of all ages to take control of our health.

But above all she was a tireless champion for all Americans. She dedicated her life to the service of our nation and its people. She upheld the Constitution in letter and principle and her writings were genius in the brevity and clarity of her arguments.

She was pressured to leave her seat during the Obama administration but remained knowing that there was simply no-one who could fill her shoes. In 2016 when Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected by the American people for President but rejected by the Electoral College, RBG had no choice but to hold out. She died today just 46 days short of the 2020 US Election and 124 days before the next Presidential term.

We the people of the United States of America have work to do. Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her entire life in service to us. She fought for our rights, our lives, and our freedoms. In honor of her and her legacy we cannot let her work be undone. We have to pick up her mantle and be worthy of the world this woman created for us.

She cannot be replaced and she will not be erased. We are her legacy, her daughters, and her sisters-in-arms.

Edit: Ruth Bader Ginsberg died of pancreatic cancer and joins the list of the honourable, the brave, the fierce, and the beloved alongside John Lewis and my mother who have been felled by this disease. May her memory be a revolution.

Doctor of Palaeopathology, rage-prone optimist, stealth berserker, opera enthusiast, and insatiable consumer of academic journals.

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