Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(1933 – 2020)

With all Americans, we mourn the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout her life, she pioneered the path to gender equality, not only blazing a trail for others to follow but advocating tirelessly to ensure that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal rights for all the people were justly applied.

As a law professor and as the first director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg successfully led a host of important legal battles, many before the Supreme Court, that established the foundation for the current legal prohibitions against sex discrimination and helped lay the groundwork for women’s rights advocacy. Later, on the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, she argued eloquently and consistently for gender and minority rights.

In a 2015 column for the New York Times, Ginsburg acknowledged that, despite the great changes she had seen in women’s lives and occupations, much work remained to ensure equality in the workplace. Even so, she noted:

I am optimistic, however, that movement toward
enlistment of the talent of all who compose
‘We, the people,’ will continue.”

We are proud to salute Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who dedicated her intellect and energy throughout her remarkable life to the pursuit of inclusion and equality.

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