(WWJ) Michigan’s leading women in politics are expressing gratitude and deep admiration for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away Friday at 87.
Hero…trailblazer…national treasure are just a few of the words used to describe the second woman ever to serve on the nation’s highest court.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she is “heartbroken” over the loss of Justice Ginsburg.
“Her intellect, her razor-sharp wit, and her lifetime of service to our nation made her an inspiration to millions of Americans. I know there are a lot of women who are feeling worried right now about what this means for the future of our country,” Whitmer wrote. “One thing I learned watching Justice Ginsburg’s fearless battles with cancer and injustice is that you never give up, and you never stop fighting for the values we hold dear as Americans.”
Whitmer added, the best way to honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy is to vote this November and to do all we can to “build a better America.”
In a statement, U.S. Senator, Michigan’s own Debbie Stabenow, said that is exactly what Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life to.
“She helped build a better nation for all Americans. Justice Ginsburg spent her lifetime working to protect our people and our democracy,” Stabenow said. “…She truly was a national treasure.”
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell said she “inspired generations.”
“Mourning the loss of not only a fair and strong jurist, but a woman who opened doors wider for everyone,” Dingell tweeted. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for justice and equality—deeply American values.”
Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, echoed Dingell’s kind words, remembering Justice Ginsburg as a “feminist firebrand.”
“(She) inspired women all over the world to reach the highest heights, to fight the fiercest fights, and to never back down from what is right. I will miss her on the Supreme Court, I will miss her in life, and on the proverbial battlefield. May she truly Rest In Peace for many jobs well done.”
Justice Ginsburg, born in Brooklyn N.Y., was one of only 9 women in her entering class at Harvard Law School in 1956; and the first ever to join the Harvard Law Review. PBS News Hour reports she did all of this while caring for her young children (she had two, Jane and James) and her husband during his struggle with cancer.
She was appointed to the High Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.
Justice Ginsburg played a key role in launching the Women’s Rights Project with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); where she also served on the General Counsel and National Board Of Directors.
In a podcast series on Radio.com, “Beyond Notorious: RBG,” co-host CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said she played an instrumental role in leveling the playing field for women; allowing them basic rights taken for granted today, including having their own credit card, buying real estate, and equal treatment in custody battles.
She fought for reproductive rights and helped end male-only college admissions.
Justice Ginsburg’s family said she passed away of complications from pancreatic cancer. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Governor Whitmer has ordered flags across Michigan to fly at half-staff immediately until Justice Ginsburg is interned.
“Let us turn our grief into action,” Whitmer said in her statement. “Let us choose hope over fear.”