It’s been a week since we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A truly great American for her service on the Supreme Court, but equally for her groundbreaking advocacy in the decades prior, R.B.G. passed away on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Today she becomes the first woman and first Jew to lie in state in the Capitol. Now we embark on an epic battle that will redefine not one, but two national institutions charged with protecting our hard-won freedoms. In this new year, we are worse off in every way without R.B.G.
Diminutive in stature, no one was more fierce in defense of opportunity than Justice Ginsburg. Her majority decision in U.S. v. Virginia (1996) established that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause prohibited Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from excluding women; VMI utterly failed to provide the constitutionally required “exceedingly persuasive justification” for discriminating based on gender. In 2017, Justice Ginsburg visited