Notorious RBG The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik


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The name “Ginsburg” is now fixed in the public consciousness. She was the second woman, the first Jewish woman, to serve on the United States Supreme Court. After her death due to cancer on September 18, 2020, the White House lowered its flag at half-mast in her honor.

Before Ginsburg became a pop-culture icon, some liberals had called her out because of her advancing age and urged her to retire, hoping that Obama could appoint a younger liberal successor. However, Ginsburg refused to step down. Already in her eighties and after surviving two cancer diagnoses, she had become more gaunt than ever. However, she insisted on keeping her clothing and hair meticulous. The eyes under her glasses looked as steely and composed as ever. She never shyed away from boldly voicing her dissent whenever the court ruled in the conservatives' favour. She fought for equal citizenship privileges for minorities until the last moments of her life. Ginsburg’s integrity, kindness, strength and courage have energized many. Ginsburg’s fans affectionately called her “The Notorious R.B.G” as an homage to deceased rapper Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G..