Making history as the second woman to serve on the U.S Supreme Court, her appointment isn’t the only notable event in her lifetime. One of her famous cases is United States v. Virginia of 1996 where Justice Ginsburg pushed to file a suit against the Virginia Military Institute, the last standing all-male college. Courts ruled in favor of the U.S stating that the institute violated the Equal Protection Clause under the 14th Amendment and could no longer deny female students.
Before Justice Ginsburg was appointed she was already fighting against gender-based discrimination and arguing legal cases to undo women's societal and legal barriers.
Thanks to Justice Ginsburg laws giving women more liberty were passed.
Women received the right to be financially independent and were able to apply for credit cards, mortgages and bank accounts without a male co-signer.
She also pushed to protect pregnant women in the workforce in the case of Struck v. Secretary of Defense. Half a century ago, it was standard for women to be fired from their jobs when they were pregnant, but sex discrimination is now illegal in all workplaces.
At a time where women were dismissed and overlooked, Ginsburg fought to ensure that women were being seen, heard and understood. She believed there were no areas where women weren’t allowed or as important saying,
She believed there were no areas where women weren’t allowed or as important saying, "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made," Justice Ginsburg said.
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