Women’s Center Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is with great sadness and immense gratitude that we honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Fighting her way through barriers of gender discrimination personally, Justice Ginsburg persisted, opening doors for women in higher education, becoming the first woman member of the Harvard Law Review and the first woman tenured professor at Columbia University.   

The most significant feminist lawyer in US history, her work expanded civil rights law and 14th amendment protections, which dismantled systems, laws and practices that had codified sex discrimination in all aspects of society.  In her tenure on the Supreme Court, she defended the rights of individuals with disabilities; persuasively advocated for LGBTQ+ lives and marriage equality; supported voting rights of Black and Latinx voters; advanced preventions around issues in employment discrimination and pay equity; and was an unwavering champion of women’s right to choose. 

Justice Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman justice on the Supreme Court and the first woman and first Jewish person ever to lie in repose on Capitol Hill.  Her death comes both on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as well as Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbbath, which according to Jewish tradition, makes her a Tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. 

We stand on her shoulders.  It is up to us to take up the “dissent collar” and continue her work. 

Thank you for everything.  May you rest in power. 


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