WASHINGTON — Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a "tiny lady" with "the strength of a superhero," said Jacki Gilbert, of Baltimore, as she stood at the base of the Supreme Court steps Wednesday. “She never quit.”
It's that mighty spirit that's being embraced by girls of a generation much younger than Ginsburg's, many of whom flocked to the nation's highest court to pay final respects to the "Notorious RBG," a champion of women's rights law. Ginsburg died Friday at age 87.
She helped shatter gender barriers in education. She pushed forward on equal pay. She fought for voting rights.
And outside of the courtroom, Ginsburg embodied strength as she battled five bouts of cancer across two decades.
A 'superhero' who 'never quit': Justice Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for final time
“There’s a few people in our generation that have had as great of an impact on equal rights and women’s rights as Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Kate Blanton, who traveled from Columbia, South Carolina, to pay her respects at the Supreme Court.
“I think she’s just a beacon of hope for women – and everyone else, too,” Blanton said.
Ginsburg's casket will be moved from the court to the U.S. Capitol building Friday, where she'll become the first woman to lie in state.
'A leader of all humanity': Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero, icon, fighter for women and girls across the nation
— Anne Stavney (@astavney) September 19, 2020
Proud moment when my daughter chose RBG for her second grade class project on influential Americans. RBG inspired many and will be missed. pic.twitter.com/r5rZsmcnJN
— Robert Hackney (@BobbyHackney) September 18, 2020
We have lost a hero. 💔
This spring, my daughter gave her “Notable People” presentation on RBG (of course over Zoom). pic.twitter.com/qVWSosaIUr
— Emily Largent (@emily_a_largent) September 19, 2020
The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg getting ready for Halloween ♥️ pic.twitter.com/N9Fjg7usaf
— Joyce Hutchens (@JoyceHutchens3) September 21, 2020
What a loss for our Nation. #RBG #RuthBaderGinsberg . She was a hero to so many, including my daughter who dressed up as #SupremeCourtJustice #RBG at her school for favorite hero day. You will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/JEvA33actn
— Adrian Perry (@AdrianLooPerry) September 19, 2020
— Chris King (@chriskingstl) September 19, 2020
— Beckee (@Beckee75) September 19, 2020
— tyler s gibb, jd/phd (@tsgibb) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights
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