Nothing has stopped this woman from fighting for what she believes in, and she's back at it even at the age of 85.
A changemaker and a voice for women across the country, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the Supreme Court after she took a break in December for surgery. She's been known to be a woman of sheer strength and has been able to create change in the lives of thousands through her work. But she had to take time off from court proceedings for the first time in 25 years since she joined the bench, according to ABC News.
Fans and well-wishers of the 85-year-old woman have been waiting for her return after her recovery from the surgery. She had two cancerous nodules taken from her left lung and had been taking time off to recover. But even during this time, officials say that she has been active with casework.
The reason why people across the country fell in love with her and hoped she would return soon is because of the way she turned into a legal icon whom so many people look up to. She was bold, unapologetic and all this at a time when it wasn't easy for women to be so. She didn't let anything stop her from going after what she wanted and has fought a number of battles against gender inequality.
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December, a court official tells @ABC News. https://t.co/ti1SvQPtFt pic.twitter.com/NB4YMdRqAN— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 15, 2019
She believed that no one deserved to be judged based on their gender or what they looked like. She has previously said, "I – try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, the color of their skin, whether they’re men or women," according to Biography.com.
Even though she graduated at the top of her class in Columbia Law School, no law firm was willing to give her a job because of her gender. But she still kept moving on and join as a professor at Rutgers, according to Forbes. At that time, she was also working as a volunteer lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union. And she gradually and silently started fighting against injustice against women by taking up cases.
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She is no stranger to the hardships that life can bring. According to National Geographic, Ginsburg's mother, Celia couldn't get herself a college education when she was young. And she hoped that her daughter would go on to excel in her career. But although Ginsburg did well in academics, her mother didn't live long enough to see all the success her daughter earned. She was diagnosed with cancer while Ginsburg was in high school and passed away the day before her graduation.
After her doctor's confirmed that Ginsburg had "no evidence of any remaining disease" and no further treatments, her comeback also inspired others to be conscious about their health and catch diseases early.
"Lung cancer suffers from pessimism, stigma, nihilism, but here’s a patient where lung cancer was caught early," said Dr. Geoff Oxnard. "There is room for hope. We can change the story here. Patients need to ask themselves, 'How can I be like Ruth Bader Ginsburg? How can I catch it early?'"
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest justice and is about to turn 86 this March, as reported by USA Today. But her age doesn't come in the way of her continuing to do the immense work that she does. And many can't wait to have her back. This wasn't her first battle against cancer, as she has previously fought against colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer. However, in her lengthy court career, she has not missed a single day in court until her latest surgery. And many across the country hope that she will remain healthy and happy for long to continue the great work she's been doing.