School Name Finalist: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon for women’s rights during her career which included a United States Supreme Court justice


Editor’s note: The Spokane School Board is expected to pick the names of three new colleges on Wednesday. This is the second in a series of stories examining the finalists for these names.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg and the Notorious RBG are just a few of the ways people refer to this pioneering woman who helped pave the way for women’s rights and gender equality. United States.

Ginsburg is one of three finalists for the name of the new Northwest Middle School which is part of a major college expansion for Spokane public schools. Of the three finalists from this school, Ginsburg is the only person with no direct connection to the Inland Northwest.

She is best known for her 27 years as a judge on the United States Supreme Court and her efforts for gender equality and women’s rights. Ginsburg was the second woman to sit at court and the first Jewish woman to serve.

“She’s been very involved in the women’s movement for three to four decades, she’s an outstanding Supreme Court judge,” said Dan Morrissey, law professor at Gonzaga University Law School. “An interesting thing is that she had a friendship with Judge (Antonin) Scalia. He was very conservative, but they were pals, they loved opera and they traveled together, but they generally had different opinions. It just goes to show that politics doesn’t necessarily win over friendship.

President Bill Clinton stressed that her ability to reach consensus was one of the main reasons he appointed her to the Supreme Court, and that is exactly what she did during her tenure. Ginsburg said his approach to judgment was “neither ‘liberal’ nor ‘conservative,'” Linda Greenhouse wrote in her New York Times article on Ginsburg immediately after her death in September.

Ginsburg became a cultural icon thanks to the dissent she wrote and the dissent collar she wore, as she was in the minority on many votes cast by the court. She has also become a household name because of her commitment to women’s rights and equality.

Ginsburg was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and she served as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. In both positions, she has been successful in setting precedents for women’s equality, especially in the workplace.

“There was something fitting about that footage, as Ruth Ginsburg was sometimes described as the Thurgood Marshall of the women’s rights movement by those who remembered her days as a lawyer and director of the Women’s Rights Project. American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s, ”Greenhouse wrote.

Ginsburg courted controversy, particularly in Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation. Ginsburg wrote the opinion on the case, which said the Oneida Nation could not restore their land because it had been taken too long ago by the government, The Spokesman-Review reported in September in an article on the legacy of Ginsburg. This decision meant that these indigenous peoples did not have any rights to their lands because they had been in government for too long and did not fit in with the rest of the surrounding community.

However, in the years following this advice, Ginsburg said she no longer agreed with the ruling and had stood up for Indigenous rights, saying she wished the next judge in the Supreme Court is aboriginal.

Morrissey said the only refusal he could foresee regarding a school’s nomination after Ginsburg would come from people who voted for Donald Trump, since Ginsburg has actively spoken out against him during his presidency, and she is always leaning towards the liberal side of politics.

He said her work for women’s rights and her legacy in the U.S. government made her a great role model and name for a new school.

“She was very success oriented, determined, very brilliant, she is a real model. She made such a great contribution to society, ”Morrissey said of what children should know about their school’s possible namesake.


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