Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspires activism for Brookline


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Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an advocate for women’s rights and protecting minorities through legislation. Through her work and constant effort to create change, she left a legacy that Brookline students and teachers hold close by.

Often, decisions made by Congress and the Supreme Court are overlooked by communities to which they do not apply. In Brookline however, the decisions the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made have affected many.

A relentless and passionate advocate for women’s rights, Ginsburg inspired a new generation of young people to become politically active. In Brookline, she changed the lives of many students and teachers alike. Originally appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg left a legacy of equality and activism for the United States.

Senior Lexi Danesco, who hosted the Humanize Black Voices event in June and many other pursuits in activism, said that Ginsburg’s advocacies for women’s rights and larger roles in society will have lasting effects on a new generation of girls.

“Her inspiration to young girls to become more active in roles that men most often take on is crucial for the future and can lead to decisions that consider their opinions and rights more,” Danesco said.

Danesco said how Ginsburg’s values in the Supreme Court inspired her.

“She inspired me to get more vocal in issues that affect me and others, like racial and gender equality. I tremendously respect her opinions regarding women’s rights, such as defending Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood,” Danesco said.

Senior Levi Cannon, a member of the Mock Trial club, said that Ginsburg’s presence with other justices affected the outcomes of important hearings.

“I respect her friendship with late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia because they were polar opposites for quite some time, with Scalia being one of the strictest conservatives and Ginsberg emerging as a new progressive justice,” Cannon said.

Cannon said how Ginsburg’s political positions leaned more towards the progressive side on many issues.

“She was a legal and cultural giant. When she was first appointed by President Clinton, she was viewed as a moderate and some feminist groups were worried about her appointment and later in an amazing career, she inspired a new generation of young people to get involved in politics,” Cannon said.

At such an important time and proximity to the upcoming election, Ginsburg’s death leaves a complex situation for Congress. In Brookline, she left a legacy that directly and indirectly impacted the daily lives and rights of many individuals, which is reflected in her dedication to her job.

This article was updated to include a correction on 10/23/20