Brooklyn Native, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Honored in Hometown

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Alyssa Rask, Staff Writer

Brooklyn honored native Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, by unveiling a bronze statue of the late Justice on March 15. Artists Gille and Marc stated they had the honor and privilege of creating the bronze, seven foot tall statue. 

Who is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

    Born March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, the late justice attended both of New York’s Ivy League Schools, Cornell University and Columbia University. In the 1970s, Ginsburg became heavily involved in the issue of gender equality, teaching several seminars and publishing 2 law reviews concerning gender discrimination. In 1972, she became founding counsel of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and secured a spot as the first female faculty member at a former university, Columbia. During the decade, Ginsburg also became heavily involved with the Supreme Court. While teaching at Columbia, she composed various law review articles and contributed to Supreme Court briefs involving the issue of gender discrimination. The New York native also argued before the Supreme Court six times, winning five. 

    In 1993, Ginsburg was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Court by a vote of 96-3 after President Bill Clinton’s nomination. Throughout her time on the court, she presented a strong voice for gender equality. Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 1996 in The United States v. Virginia, resulting in the state supporting that the Virginia Military Institute could not refuse admission based upon gender. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awarded the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1999 for her gender equality and civil rights contributions.

   

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The 650-pound bronze statue was unveiled on March 12 in City Point Brooklyn, just miles away from the Brooklyn Bridge. The date was chosen to commemorate Women’s History Month and the late justice’s birthday, three days following. “With the two steps on its large base representing the Supreme Court and the climb she made to get there, the work is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to stand at her side, and gain inspiration from her journey fighting for equal rights,” creators, Gille and Marc, stated.

Ginsburg passed away in September of 2020 following her diagnosis with metastatic pancreatic cancer in 2019.