On September 18, 2020, we lost an amazing, resilient, and powerful woman: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg made history.
All throughout Ginsburg's career, she fought in the face of adversity, even before her she had a seat on the Supreme Court, consistently fighting over gender discrimination and gender-based stereotyping in legislation and regulations.
But, Ginsburg fought many of her own battles, as well.
After the birth of her daughter, she had to bear the news that her husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. And through this turbulent time, Ginsburg not only attended her classes, but also her husband's classes. Ginsburg still managed to make the Harvard Law Review. In June 2010, Ginsburg lost her husband of 25 years to metastatic cancer.
Ginsburg, herself, in 1999, was diagnosed with colon cancer, the first of five bouts with cancer. Through all her battles, Ginsburg never missed a day on the bench. Cancer in no way slowed Ginsburg down. In fact, she began to work with a personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, two times per week, in the justices-only gym. And before her 80th birthday, Ginsburg was able to complete 20 push-ups.
Resilience and power are the two words that come to mind when I think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was a woman who, despite the gender discrimination going on, broke those walls — and kept breaking them. With the election coming up, if not already, registering to vote, should be your priority.
As Desmond Tutu said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen to side with the oppressors."
So, this election, do not let your voice go unheard. Every vote counts. Do not sit back, and wait to see change. Go out there, and make the change you want to see. Ginsburg fought for injustices and discrimination. Now, it is her time to rest and for us to step up and make sure her legacy is not forgotten.
Before the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I had never registered to vote. I simply did not see the need too. But, with the news of Ginsburg's death, and in watching her funeral live on TV, and seeing so many women and citizens pay their respects, with many crying, both young and old, I began to realize that I wanted my voice to be heard, I wanted to make sure that in honor of Ginsburg, I would not sit back silently.