The US Postal Service issued a stamp with the image of the daughter of an immigrant from Odessa: what is the merit to America

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The US Postal Service honors the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a stamp bearing her likeness, Voice of America reports.

US Postal Service issued a stamp with the image of the daughter of an immigrant from Odessa: what is the merit to America

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The agency called her an “icon of American culture.” The stamp will go on sale in 2023.

Judge Ginsburg died in 2020 at the age of 87. She served on the US Supreme Court for 27 years. Judge Ginsburg became the second female chief justice in American history. For a decade, she was the leader of the liberal faction of the Supreme Court and has become a cult figure in the country.

Ruth Joan Bader was born March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Nathan Bader, was a native of Odessa.

Because of his Jewish beliefs, he was banned from attending local schools in Imperial Russia. He immigrated from Odessa to Brooklyn, New York, with his family at the age of 13. His daughter not only received the education he so ardently desired, but also reached the heights of the American judiciary as one of the nine justices of the US Supreme Court.

Considered an icon of feminism, she overcame countless obstacles by dedicating her legal career to challenging laws and regulations that discriminate against people on the basis of gender (not just women, but men as well). She's never shied away from controversial comments, whether it's about her opinion on the Supreme Court or her training in her 80s. Her refusal to keep her mouth shut has earned her the nickname “Notorious RBG” and the crowd. A moderate liberal with a sharp tongue, Ginsburg became only the second female Supreme Court Justice in history after she was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 96 to 3. This happened under the presidency of Bill Clinton.There was no mercy for those who faced her wrath. Ginsburg had devoted fans until her death, who cared about her health as much as they did about her opinion in court. Her image was printed on feminist T-shirts and other accessories.

Ruth graduated from Cornell University in 1954 with a Master's degree in Public Administration. That same year, she married her college sweetheart, Martin Ginsburg. The couple moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Ruth worked for the Social Security Administration but was demoted after she became pregnant with her first child, born in 1955.

Returning to the East, Ginsburg entered Harvard Law School in 1956 and then transferred to Columbia Law School. When she received her law degree in 1959, she placed first in the course. But while trying to find a job, I found that most law firms are not eager to hire her, despite brilliant achievements.

“During the 1950s, traditional law firms were just beginning to turn their backs on hiring Jews. But being a woman, a Jew, and a mother to boot is too much, she once wrote.

Ginsburg eventually got a job as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Edmund Palmieri in Manhattan before moving on to Rutgers University, where she was a law professor from 1963 to 1972. She became pregnant with her second child while studying at Rutgers University and, fearful of being fired, hid her growing belly by wearing baggy clothes. Ruth gave birth during a summer vacation in 1965 and returned to work in the fall. She then taught at Columbia University, becoming the first full-time faculty there.

Ginsburg devoted her life to changing the social norms that made her own career so difficult.

In 1972, the Ginzburgs led the team lawyers who successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a man who was denied a dependency tax credit (he was in charge of caring for an 89-year-old mother). This decision was the most important for Ruth for many years of fighting for gender equality and justice.

Ginsburg continued to challenge gender laws throughout the 1970s as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, for which she was also the founder and director of the Women's Rights Project. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She served in that role until Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993. In 1996, she wrote a majority decision that rejected the Virginia Military Institute's all-male enrollment policy as a violation of the 14th Amendment.

Although she became a hero to many activists, Ruth did not initially consider herself one of them. According to her, she fought for the legal rights of women “for personal, selfish reasons.” And she never expected to go to the Supreme Court. In a 1993 New York Times profile, Ruth was remembered by childhood friends as a girl nicknamed “Kiki” who knocked out her tooth while twirling batons during high school football games.

“She was very modest and didn't seem confident,” Ann Burkhardt Kittner, a close school friend, told the Times. “She never thought she was good at exams, but of course she always passed them.”

Ginzburg voted for workers' rights and the separation of church and state. Her opinions and dissent often attracted attention with blunt but eloquent explanations of her position. Her strong opposition to Lilly Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & rubber co. in 2007 explicitly called on Congress to relax the statute of limitations on equal pay claims, noting that “an employee will know immediately if she is denied a promotion or transfer. But wage inequality is often hidden from view.” Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after the plaintiff, into law in 2009.

In 2013, Ginsburg joined the majority in repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), directing that same-sex couples married in states where such marriages are legal be eligible for the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. In one of the highlights of the case, Ginsburg said in oral arguments that DOMA had institutionalized “two kinds of marriage: marriage like whole milk, and marriage like skimmed milk.” Just a few months later, she became the first Supreme Court Justice to stage a same-sex wedding—done for her friend Michael Kaiser at the Tchaikovsky Center for the Performing Arts. John F. Kennedy in Washington.

Although she was serious about her career and the ideas she championed, Ruth also found time for fun. For example, at the age of 83, she performed on stage, playing a small role in Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.

When asked if she thought she would get stage fright when the time will come to step out of your comfort zone as a judge of the Supreme Court and perform at the opera, Ginsburg burst out laughing.

“What is there to worry about?” she asked.