Today Americans mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Ginsburg is known as a champion for civil rights, including for women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Justice Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020 at her Washington D.C. home at the age of 87. According to a press releases from the Supreme Court she died from complications from pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg’s health has been a frequent subject in the news this year as she fought pancreatic cancer.  She died at her Washington D.C. home at the age of 87 from complications related to her cancer battle.

President Bill Clinton appointed Justice Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993, making her the second woman appointed to the country’s highest court. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support.

According to her granddaughter Clara Sera, Justice Ginsberg dictated this days before her passing: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Compete Sports Diversity CEO, Eric Carlyle, said of Ginsberg “Justice Ginsburg was a light for many Americans. Her work to reform social justice has opened the door for many of us, including myself. She has been an inspiration to me and many others. My work in sports diversity can be partially attributed to Ginsburg’s example.”

As the country continues to reel from this loss Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hard work will continue to influence social change.

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