Celebrating the life, legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

ABC News looks at how Ginsburg became a cultural icon who inspired many generations.
2:55 | 09/19/20

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this half hour with a look at how justice Ginsburg became a cultural icon being known as the notorious rbg inspiring fans of all generations. ABC's Rachel Scott joins us from outside the supreme court with more on that. Rachel, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning and so many of those fans turning out here overnight to the steps of the supreme court bringing flowers and candles to honor her legacy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said never in her wildest imagination did she think she would turn into a pop culture icon. She was known as the notorious rbg and inspiring a generation that she paved the way for. At just 5'1" Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a liberal giant, a political force unexpectedly turned pop culture icon. It is beyond extraordinary that I am nearly 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me. Reporter: Her image larger than life. Those frilly lace collars and oversized glasses plastered on t-shirts, posters, even tattooed on arms. And on Halloween, parents dressing their kids as Ruth baby Ginsburg. I'm never going to step down now. You can't get rid of me. Reporter: Her initials became an internet sensation, notorious rbg. People ask me, don't you feel uncomfortable being with a name like the notorious B.I.G. Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. Reporter: She rarely missed a day on the bench. Ten, nine, eight -- Reporter: Or at the gym, still sticking to those workouts after receiving radiation for a pancreatic tumor. Her pioneering rise to become the court's second female justice celebrated on the big screen. You don't get to tell me when to quit. Reporter: It was that tireless fight for equal rights and those pointed words, I dissent, that inspired a generation. Her very example of being somebody who was unflaggingly committed to her job and the cause of equality and justice, she had millions of people who looked up to her. Millions of people looked up to justice Ginsburg for being such a champion for equality both on the bench and off. Reporter: This morning, Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered just as she hoped. How do you most want to be remembered? As someone who did the best she could with whatever talent she had to make things a little better for people less fortunate, to move society along a democratic path. Reporter: Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she was often asked when she thought there would be enough women on the supreme court. Her answer, when there are nine, one woman for every single seat on the bench. Eva. Rachel Scott for us.

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