The loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being felt across the country. The news of her death was confirmed Friday, September 18. According to NPR, the Supreme Court announced her death, which was caused by complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. She served on the Supreme Court since 1993, having been appointed by then-president Bill Clinton. The court's statement said she died in her home in Washington surrounded by family.
"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice."
RBG's legacy as a pioneer will not be forgotten, and her life will surely inspire many to enter politics and fight for their rights. While we're all in mourning, let's keep her memory alive by learning more about her contributions to society by watching movies, TV shows, and reading books that honor her legacy.
The Academy Award-nominated documentary will give you an inside peek into how her early legal battles impacted women's rights. This is a great place to start if you want to learn how she went from being a Cornell graduate to being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton
On the Basis of Sex
Felicity Jones stars in the biographical drama about RBG's life and her early legal cases. When she was a struggling lawyer and a new mother, she took on a tax case with husband Martin Ginsburg, which would change the direction of her career.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly," Felicity said in a statement. "She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.
Saturday Night Live
On a slightly lighter note, Kate McKinnon frequently did RBG impressions on SNL. The live sketch show even aired a rap that actually includes a lot of facts about her life. Even RBG was a fan of Kate's portrayal of her.
“I liked the actress who portrayed me,” and “I would like to say ‘Gins-burn!’ sometimes to my colleagues," she admitted. You can rewatch old SNL clips on YouTube.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Inspired by the Tumblr page, Notorious RBG, this book was written by the the Tumblr page founder Shana and award-winning journalist Irin. It includes rare archival photos, documents, and illustrations. It's so popular that it was even featured in the documentary, RBG.
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
There's no better way to understand RBG's life than to read her autobiography. If you want to find out first-hand what the path to becoming the second female Supreme Court Justice was like, then this one's for you.
Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen
Ever wished you could have sat down with RBG with a cup of coffee and just talk? Well, Jeffrey Rosen did and thankfully, he has plenty of stories to share. This read includes observations on her smarts, kindness, and humor.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart
RBG cooperated with Jane Sherron de Hart in this comprehensive biography, giving Jane access to RBG's husband, children, friends, and associates. With over 700 pages, it's bound to answer every question you have about the late Supreme Court Justice, and then some.
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