U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still going strong. The longtime public figure has now won a $1 million prize designated for figures who “have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.” The Berggruen Prize is only a few years old; it was first awarded in 2016. Previous winners have been philosophers, and this time around, Ginsburg was selected from a pool of more than 500 nominees. She will be donating the money to charity, although it’s not yet clear which one(s).
The prize committee’s chairman Kwame Anthony Appiah insisted:
‘Few in our era have done more to bring vital philosophical ideas to fruition in practical affairs than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been both a visionary and a strategic leader in securing equality, fairness, and the rule of law not only in the realm of theory, but in social institutions and the lives of individuals.’
More specifically, the prize committee noted her as “a lifelong trailblazer for human rights and gender equality” and “a constant voice in favor of equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state.”
The University of Pennsylvania’s President Amy Gutmann added:
‘She inspires women and men of all ages to realize that a democracy thrives to the extent that it provides every citizen equal footing to achieve their dreams.’
Ginsburg recently underwent treatment for a pancreatic tumor. She has insisted that she will be staying active on the court as long as she’s able to. The court’s latest term started just recently, and she participated in hearing cases right from the get-go. Some of these cases have been substantive, and her presence there has ramifications for their outcomes. This term, they’re including topics like discrimination against LGBTQ people and undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids.