RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I feel somewhat remiss not really knowing much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she was an American associate Justice of the Supreme Court in the USA and its not something I tend to keep up to date with. However, in 1993, she became the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. A leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties. Quoted as saying that there would be enough women on the supreme court when there were nine – something I agree with not just because of female equality but also to challenge the antiquated flawed US legal system.

The issue applies to the UK as well, often prominent female cabinet members are vindicated on social media for their supposed incompetence but I have to say id be inclined to think that they are sent like lambs to the slaughter by their male peers knowing they would be the perfect scapegoat for a governmental indiscretion. In the case of Diane Abbott, the combination of being the first black and female politician created an instant perceived ‘handicap’ in the male-dominated world of UK politics. The murder of fellow Labour MP Jo Cox, who was brutally shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in her constituency of Batley and Spen in 2016, speaks volumes of the level of disrespect for female figures in powerful positions.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was certainly no scapegoat and her fight is an inspirational one, she will be sorely missed and its a sad day to see another strong influential female be taken from us early – especially by cancer. Carrying on the fight she started is an important step in modernising our outmoded systems.

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