STATEMENT: We Must Honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Hero in the Fight for Justice, as Well as Her Dying Wishes, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — Following news of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a true hero in the fight for justice for all Americans. She was, simply put, a legend and pioneer. Her valiant battle with pancreatic cancer was emblematic of her strength, perseverance, and unflinching commitment to justice. Her work—her life—must serve as a call to action for all who believe in a more equal society.

Justice Ginsburg will be remembered as a feminist icon and a true legal pioneer who came to prominence as a trailblazing lawyer for women’s rights. As only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, she was a role model for millions of women and men whose lives have been shaped by her legacy. On the court, she was a powerful voice for workers, reproductive and women’s rights, voting rights, and fairness in the administration of justice.

When you saw her in person, you might have been struck by her petite stature. But the power of her words and brilliant analysis quickly made clear that she was a force to be reckoned with. She was unafraid and spoke truth to power. The gains that women have made across society would not have been possible without Justice Ginsburg. Even in her later years, she continued to inspire future generations.

According to press reports, just days before her death, Justice Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Now is not the time for a partisan battle over the next nomination for the Supreme Court. People have already begun to vote. It’s clear that the next president must nominate a future justice and the next Congress must consider that nominee.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has shaped American life for the better; there is not an American who hasn’t benefitted from her tireless work to ensure our country is more fair and its promise of opportunity is available to all. We have lost a patriot tonight. She has advanced equality for all women in a way many now take for granted. We must honor that work and continue it.

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