Leadership California mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and sends thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time.
We recognize the significant legacy she leaves behind. As the founder and co-director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg was a trailblazer in advancing the overall fight for the equal rights of women. According to a recent Time magazine tribute,
“she … studied the legal canon that kept women down and overturned those that discriminated on the basis of sex in five landmark cases that extended the 14th Amendment’s equal rights clause to women.” She also represented “harmed male plaintiffs when
she could find one to show that discrimination hurts everyone.”
From her journey as one of the first female law students at Harvard University to a strong voice for equality on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg embodied the goal of Leadership California of helping women move from success to significance. Her legacy
lives on in every woman who builds on the foundation she established and changes the world for the better.
As the administration considers her replacement, we strongly encourage them to consider replacing her with a woman or a woman of color to continue fighting for the equal rights of every citizen.