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We Mourn the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Teresa Basey | Published on 9/19/2020

Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait
We mourn the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, from complications of the cancer that she fought valiantly for years.  Having directed and shaped the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, she was revered as a women’s rights icon. Her clear-eyed toughness as a litigator and Supreme Court Justice, though, served every person in this country as she fought for equal rights and civil liberties for all.

Despite being in the liberal minority on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s opinions influenced wins on affirmative action, birth control access, and the constitutional right to abortion. Her legal legacy realized the promise of constitutional rights in a groundbreaking decision for marriage equality. Her minority opinion led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009.  In her light, our perceptions of gender roles in society have been transformed—for the better.

We grieve. We treasure her legacy. We must celebrate her life by carrying on our efforts to make democracy work—for all.