Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy lives on in Brooklyn, one year after her death
It’s been one year since Brooklyn native and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of cancer.
She grew up in Flatbush with her family and went on to complete her law degree at Columbia University.
Ginsburg was known as a champion of women’s rights, taking on groundbreaking gender discrimination cases in the 1970s before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. in 1980 and then to the Supreme Court in 1993.
She was the second woman to sit at the Supreme Court bench and the longest serving Jewish Supreme Court justice.
As justice, Ginsburg played a big role in the landmark case of the United States vs. Virginia in 1996. The court ruled that qualified women could not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute. The ruling made the university the last all-male public school in the country.
Referred to by some as the “Notorious RBG,” she also was part of the Obergefell Vs. Hodges 2015 case that granted same sex couples the right to get married in all 50 states.
Brooklyn is keeping her legacy alive with a bronze statue at City Point, Brooklyn and renaming the Brooklyn Municipal Buildings to the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Municipal Building.
“I miss her wisdom,” one person told News 12. “And I really wish she was here. Biden could use her help.”
A current building at New York City Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and one in construction will also be called Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital.