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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern-day role model of courage, conviction and principled stewardship while at the same time displaying the indomitable spirit of a true human.

We all can take example from her to strengthen our own resolve to live out our purposes in life.

Of course, she was a champion of and for the rights of women, and was able to pilot laws that fundamentally changed the pathways of access for women.

Right away, the news of her death, and that she worked relentlessly to the very end, should inspire all of us to see our own purposes in life to become a moral force guided by principle and not favour.

If only we can live a life where it can be also said at the end of our journey that we stayed true to our cause and could be relied on to give an honest opinion.

Judging by the response among the general population to her death, she was an enormous woman with an effect and popularity that, as a judge and not a politician, was extraordinary. She knew the power of words and the nuance of their selection. She wanted her opinion to be clear and unambiguous, to be understood by all and not just the legal fraternity so as to have effect in the consciousness of the nation with the permanence intended.

Of course, the other thing is, she lived in a world and a nation that, in spite of its travails, still honours what it means to stand for principle. Where the good seen in an individual is not ascertained by their loyalty to a party or race, or any form of tribalism; rather they are celebrated for their stand for truth and justice.

That should be a universal standard, even if for some it apears only on a subconscious level. A society despite its flaws is known for the values and ideals it venerates.

There are many women who have made valuable contributions. Too few are notably acknowledged as Judge Ruth Ginsburg but are deserving to be honoured similarly.

I should add the British Commonwealth has had the fortune of Queen Elizabeth II, who is drawing ever closer to being a centenarian, but who, while certainly not flawless, has lived a sterling life of service to her role.

We do not need to be a monarchist to observe the human dignity she attempts to display as a character model for her nation. I admire also her stature as a woman of demonstrated majesty.

Powerful figure: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (AP photograph)

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Published September 23, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm)

Ginsburg a formidable role model

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