86-year-old Supreme Court associate justice has never stopped fighting for the community and has championed human rights for years.
The contributions of some women to the community are immense. Over the years, their works influenced various changes and have led to the betterment of society. Such a person is Supreme Court associate justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The iconic woman, known as the "Notorious RBG" and a feminist trailblazer, just got recognized for the social work she started decades ago.
According to CNN, the 86-year-old who has served the Supreme Court for over 26 years, won the 2019 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. On 23 October, 2019, the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute announced that she was awarded for her contributions to social justice and equality. Ginsburg was selected from the 500 nominees who were known for their significant works in cultural and ethical advances.
"By grit and determination, brains, courage, compassion and a fiery commitment to justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose from modest beginnings to become one of the most respected, and most beloved, jurists of our time," said prize founder Nicolas Berggruen said in a statement. He added, "I am delighted the jury has chosen to honor such a prolific leader in the field of jurisprudence.
Throughout her career, Ginsburg has used the law to advance ethical and philosophical principles of equality and human rights as basic tenets of the USA. Her contributions have shaped our way of life and way of thinking and have demonstrated to the world the importance of the rule of law in disabling discrimination."
The award committee considered Ginsburg's contributions not just during her time as supreme justice but also before that. Some of these prior accomplishments included her work during 1970's Women's Rights Project that was associated with the American Civil Liberties Union. The fierce justice also co-wrote the first law textbook on gender discrimination. "She has done a lot to protect and further civil liberties. She has done a lot for women. That's especially important in these times," said Berggruen in an interview with CBS.
Ginsburg will become the third woman to be the recipient of this award from its initiation in 2016. She will be awarded $1 million. However, she informed that the prize money would be donated to a non-profit or charitable organization of her choice. Over the years, Ginsburg has become an icon in the country. She has been the subject for an Award-nominated documentary and a feature-length film.
Though she has been treated for cancer, it has never stopped her from doing what she believes in. The determined woman said that her pancreatic cancer has given a new "zest for life." She even said that she will not be leaving her bench anytime soon.
Over the years, it has honored many pioneers who have made major advances in the political, social and economic fields. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, British philosopher Onora O'Neill and American philosopher Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago are the other recipients of this prestigious award.