Ruth Bader Ginsburg set to receive National Constitution Center award

The National Constituion Center has announced the newest winner of its Liberty Medal.

One hundred years after the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will receive the center’s Liberty Medal, the Associated Press reports.

Ginsburg won’t be there to accept the award, but she will still be honored during a live broadcast on Sept. 17, according to the AP.

The Liberty Medal

According to the National Constitution Center’s website, the Liberty Medal was “[e]stablished in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.” It is “awarded annually to men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe,” the center says.

Past recipients of the medal “include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Bono,” the center’s website adds.

According to the AP, Ginsburg’s reception of the award is set to be the “‘pinnacle’ of its yearlong effort to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.” And it seems she’s a deserving winner.

Fighting for equality

Indeed, though conservatives may disagree with Ginsburg’s stances on many issues, it’s hard to deny her role in the equal rights movement.

Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with a goal to not just fight for women’s rights, but also expose problems in certain laws that were just as damaging for men as they were for women.

According to History.com, the now-Supreme Court justice skillfully presented six cases before the high court during her time with the ACLU, winning five of the cases.

One such case, Craig v. Boren, saw Ginsburg fighting for “women’s rights by arguing that women shouldn’t be allowed to purchase beer at an earlier age than men,” History.com reported.

The report added: “The law in question was an Oklahoma statute that allowed women to purchase low-beer at age 18 but that forbade men to purchase it before they turned 21.”

Perhaps these accomplishments are partly why the 87-year-old jurist has been dubbed the “Notorious RBG” by her adoring fans. It remains to be seen how much more time she has on the bench, but she’s certainly made waves during her tenure as a judge and attorney.

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