Women all over the world spent Friday and Saturday morning Ruth Bader Ginsburg since the announcement of her death.
Ginsburg's legal career was marked by a series of arguments advancing women's rights and gender equality.
Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice hailed as a feminist icon, died Friday night at age 87 from complications due to metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Women all over the world have been mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg since the late Friday announcement of her death.
Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice hailed as a feminist icon, died Friday night at 87 from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court said.
She had become a symbol of American pop culture, serving as the inspiration behind several books, movies, and dolls. On "Saturday Night Live," Kate McKinnon portrayed her as a feisty, tenacious spirit who delivered devastating "Gins-burns."
Her legal career was marked by a series of arguments advancing women's rights and gender equality. As an attorney, Ginsburg took on status quo laws that discriminated against women as jurors and estate owners.
In 1971, Ginsburg wrote up a brief for a case arguing that Idaho was discriminating against women as estate owners. A law in Idaho said that "males must be preferred to females" in deciding estate ownership, but Ginsburg's brief helped changed it.
Years later, Ginsburg argued against a Missouri law that allowed women to opt out of jury duty in the 1979 case Duren v. Missouri, meaning women made up less than 15% of all jurors. Ginsburg won the case, arguing that service done by women as jurors was just as valuable as that done by men.
As a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg challenged an all-male admissions policy at Virginia Military Institute, delivered a scathing dissent of a majority decision to award a victory to a company engaging in gender pay disparity, and gave strong remarks in favor of accessibility of abortions in Texas. Opinions like these positioned her as one of the most left-leaning and feminist justices on the bench.
"Sometimes life changes because of law and sometimes because of culture. RBG did both," said Linda Hirshman, author of "Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World."
After her death, women lawmakers, celebrities, and supporters reacted with shock, grief, and messages of power.
Here's what women all over the world have been saying:
Emily Ladau, writer and disability rights activist in New York
"As a disabled woman, I celebrate many of her powerful opinions and dissents — especially the opinion she wrote for Olmstead v. L.C. in 1999, which declared that disabled people have a right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to receive state-funded supports and services in their communities rather than in segregated institutional settings. This decision was just one of many ways Justice Ginsburg truly did center justice for all."
Tara Bracco, producing artistic director of Poetic People Power in New York
"In addition to all her remarkable work on women's rights, RBG showed women that you don't need to be loud or big to be effective. And her dedication showed women that advocating for justice is a life-long commitment. Not just something that starts or stops with one administration."
Lauren Dana, freelance writer and editor in New York
"As a 20-something-year old Jewish woman, I — like millions of others — have idolized RBJ. Not only was she extremely proud to embrace her Judaism which, in a world full of hate and anti-Semitism, was refreshing and inspiring. I will continue to utilize my voice to advocate for others for years to come — without her, I wouldn't have that courage."
PJ Gach, contributing writer at SPY.com based in New York
"My father died when I was very young. My widowed mother was left with a teen, an infant, and a 3 year old. She went back to college, got her degree, got credit cards, was able to buy her home, start her own business and, well, generally be a productive member of society, as they say. As a child growing up, I thought this was very normal. Women grew up, had careers, bought their own homes, etc. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized how much the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg's actions impacted not only my mother's life, my life, but the lives of every woman in America. Without her sagacity, legal prowess and her being her, women today would still be fighting to sign a contract by themselves. Fighting to buy their own homes, fighting to acquire a career, and to be taken as responsible adults. Ms. Bader Ginsburg fought the good fight, and generations of women have been the blessed recipients of her fight."
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as secretary of state
—Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) September 19, 2020
Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange
—Stacey Cunningham (@stacey_cunning) September 19, 2020
Roxane Gay, "Bad Feminist" author
—roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2020
Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C. mayor
—Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) September 19, 2020
Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank
—Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde) September 19, 2020
Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder
—fund the us postal service - defund the police (@OsopePatrisse) September 19, 2020
Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee
—Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 19, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic representative
—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 19, 2020
Mindy Kaling, actor, comedian, and producer
—Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 19, 2020
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