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RBG remembered as ‘unparalleled voice for our better angels’
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at a 2018 appearance at the
Museum of the City of New York. Photo by Todd Maisel
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CHAMPION OF EQUALITY
Born on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn,
Ruth Bader grew up in the neighborhood
of Midwood area and would go
on to graduate from James Madison
High School. She later graduated from
Cornell University and married law
student Martin Ginsburg.
In 1956, the Ginsburgs relocated to
Massachusetts and Ruth became a student
at Harvard Law School. Excelling
in a male-dominated environment, she
became the fi rst woman named to the
Harvard Law Review.
They then returned to New York
aft er Martin was hired by a law fi rm,
and Ruth became a student at Columbia
Law School, where she graduated in
1959. Over the next 20 years, she would
serve as clerks to various judges and as
the director of the American Civil Liberties
Union’s Women’s Rights project,
arguing for cases in support of gender
equality in America.
President Jimmy Carter appointed
RBG in 1980 to the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia. She
would serve there for 13 years until
President Bill Clinton nominated her
to the Supreme Court in 1993; the Senate
overwhelmingly confirmed her
nomination in a 96-3 vote.
During her 27 years on the nation’s
highest bench, Ginsburg became an
icon for equal rights cases, siding with
the majority on landmark decisions
promoting gender equality as well as
the legalization of same-sex marriage.
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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Leaders across New York City
mourned the loss of Supreme
Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native and champion
of equal rights who died Friday at
the age of 87.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the
entire state is “absolutely devastated”
by Ginsburg’s passing, noting that “her
life was a testament that tough does not
preclude acting with respect, grace, and
“As an advocate, litigator, professor,
and judge, Justice Ginsburg was an
unparalleled voice for our better angels
and a singular force for equality and
justice throughout her extraordinary
career,” the governor said in a statement.
“In an era when women like her
were asked why they were ‘taking the
place of a man,’ she fought tirelessly
to ensure our country lived up to its
founding ideals, especially for all those
marginalized by the status quo — from
women and communities of color, to the
disabled and the LGBTQ community.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio followed suit
with a tweet in which he proclaimed
Ginsburg’s New York toughness and
tenacity in character.
“Like so many of you, I’m crushed
that we lost an incomparable icon,” de
Blasio tweeted. “A daughter of Brooklyn.
A tenacious spirit who moved this
country forward in fairness, equality
and morality. She was Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
She never backed down from a
fi ght. Tonight her hometown and world
Senator Charles Schumer, a fellow
Brooklynite and Senate minority leader,
praised Ginsburg as a “giant in American
history, a champion for justice and
a trailblazer for women.”
“She would want us all to fi ght as
hard as we can to preserve her legacy,”
He also said that her vacancy on the
bench should not be fi lled “until we
have a new president,” following the
precedent that Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell set in 2016 in not
considering President Barack Obama’s
nomination of Merrick Garland to the
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NEW YORK POLITICIANS
“Tonight we lost a titan,” Queens
Congresswoman Grace Meng tweeted.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a national
icon who leaves behind an incredible
legacy of standing up for & fi ghting
for women’s equality. Our country was
fortunate to have her sitting on the nation’s
highest court. Keeping her family
in my thoughts.”
“Justice Ginsburg was an inspiration
to countless women including me. I am
privileged to have known her and my
heart goes out to her children,” tweeted
“We have lost a giant in the history
of our nation with the passing of Ruth
Bader Ginsburg,” Bronx/Queens Congresswoman
tweeted, pivoting to the anticipated
battle over fi lling Ginsburg’s seat. “It
is heartbreaking that in her fi nal moments
she was, as are many others,
preoccupied with what would happen
aft er her passing. Now is not the time
for cynicism or hopelessness. There is
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