5 Iconic works of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court. This feminist icon has passed away at age 87 due to pancreatic cancer - here are some of the most notable achievements that make her a national icon and a key figure in both women and men empowerment.
1. Sole Female Associate Justice
She was the sole female justice who served as an Associate justice of the Supreme Court since 1993 and the only female justice from 2006 to 2009.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg described her time as the sole female justice on the Supreme Court as “the worst times.”
2. Fought gender based discrimination in education.
A remarkable feature of RBG’s work is that she takes calculated measures to fight women’s inequality in specific areas, rather than taking wide, sweeping measures. In 1996, Ginsburg authored the United States v. Virginia majority opinion - making the case that qualified women should not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute based solely on gender.
3. Right to have a bank account without a male cosigner
Prior to 1974, women required a male cosigner to open up their own bank account, have a mortgage, and take out credit cards without their names. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 banned creditor to discriminate against an applicant for reasons of sex, race, color, marital status, age, or religion.
This protected not only women, but was a significant stride towards racial and religious equality.
4. Right to go to work when pregnant of as a mother
R.B.G. was instrumental in the success of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, which protected pregnant mothers from discrimination in the work place, and encouraged women to take ownership of their own finances.
5. Fought for men's rights
R.B.G. is often portrayed by the media as a hero for women's rights, but she has also done extensive work to better the situation for men in society as well. As a lawyer, one of her favorite cases, she reports, was when she represented a man fighting for Social Security when his wife passed away during childbirth. During this time, widows were entitled to social Security, but that standard was not set for men as well. She successfully argued to the Supreme Court the case that men deserve the benefits of Social Security without bias, referencing a section of the Social Security Act that states denying fathers of their rights based on their gender is unconstitutional.