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As Ruth Bader Ginsburg advised, we must fight for civil rights | READER COMMENTARY

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first woman to be made a tenured professor at Columbia Law School in New York, Jan. 18, 1972. Ms. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women's rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation's unlikely cultural icon, died of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. She was 87.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first woman to be made a tenured professor at Columbia Law School in New York, Jan. 18, 1972. Ms. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women's rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation's unlikely cultural icon, died of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. She was 87. (Librado Romero/The New York Times)

As a student at Columbia Law School, I took Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s class, “Sex Discrimination and the Law.” She had already argued and won two cases before the Supreme Court at the time. Nonetheless, she was open to her students' ideas and suggestions (“Trump says he will nominate a woman to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here are the frontrunners,” Sept. 22).

My concern for civil rights, fostered in me by my parents and my faith and nurtured at City College, prompted me to take her class. I told my mother that this weekend.

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As a member of the House of Delegates, I successfully introduced the Lilly Ledbetter law, protecting a worker’s right to equal pay. The bill wrote into our law a dissent by Justice Ginsburg.

Justice Ginsburg said: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” I’ve tried to follow that advice.

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As a citizen, I mourn her passing and recommit myself to the principles of fairness and equity where Justice Ginsburg set an historic example.

Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents District 41 (Baltimore City) in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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