The Dundalk Eagle

Mary­land civil rights com­mis­sion on pass­ing of Ruth Bader Gins­burg

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The Com­mis­sion­ers and Staff of the Mary­land Com­mis­sion on Civil Rights com­mem­o­rate the life and the legacy of As­so­ciate Jus­tice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Gins­burg – a lu­mi­nary in ad­vanc­ing civil rights for all peo­ple.

The pass­ing of this cru­sader con­sti­tutes a great loss for the Amer­i­can peo­ple, re­quir­ing all of us to take up her man­tle of equal­ity and so­cial jus­tice to en­sure that her legacy con­tin­ues to flour­ish for gen­er­a­tions to come.

As­so­ciate Jus­tice Gins­burg was ap­pointed to the Supreme Court by U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993, three decades after she was re­jected as a Clerk to Supreme Court Jus­tice Felix Frank­furter due to her gen­der. She was the sec­ond fe­male and the first Jewish fe­male ap­pointed to the na­tion’s high­est court.

Dur­ing her ten­ure on the Supreme Court, she au­thored land­mark opin­ions that as­serted that pos­i­tive le­gal rights ex­ist for all Amer­i­cans re­gard­less of one’s sta­tus as a pro­tected class. For ex­am­ple, in 1996 she wrote the ma­jor­ity opin­ion in United States v. Vir­ginia that struck down the long-stand­ing male-only ad­mis­sion pol­icy of the Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute. In 2006, Jus­tice Gins­burg wrote the dis­sent­ing opin­ion in Led­bet­ter v. Goodyear Tire & Rub­ber Com­pany that served as the ba­sis for the Lilly Led­bet­ter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This law strength­ened pro­tec­tions for women in the work­place who learn that they are vic­tims of wage dis­crim­i­na­tion due to their sex.

Because of her tire­less ef­forts cham­pi­oning the rights of the vul­ner­a­ble, Jus­tice Gins­burg re­ceived many awards and recog­ni­tions – in­clud­ing be­ing named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in 2015.

Jus­tice Gins­burg’s courage teaches us the im­pact of the law to en­sure a just repub­lic for all minorities, es­pe­cially women and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The ca­reer and per­sonal char­ac­ter of Jus­tice Gins­burg en­sured that we are a more in­clu­sive “we” as a repub­lic. Let us honor her mem­ory – par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber­ing her wis­dom about striv­ing might­ily for im­por­tant ideas, while valu­ing per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

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