Honoring the Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

“We mourn the tragic loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her presence on the Court was an unrelenting force in the fight against not only gender-based discrimination but discrimination against all people regardless of background, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.

We have watched with awe and gratitude, her clarity about the extent to which discrimination hurts us as a nation and more directly women and their families. Since the inception of our organization 50 years ago, Justice Ginsburg has played an integral role in fostering and advancing a climate in which we have worked to achieve our own mission to advance equity and pursue justice and opportunity for all women and families so they are able to thrive and fully participate and prosper in society. We remember and honor her for her abhorrence for discrimination and her courage and willingness to always challenge it.

Just this week, a day before her passing, we took another significant step in the long journey toward equity with the bipartisan passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a continuation of Ginsburg’s work on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, and a reminder that we cannot rest in the fight for justice.

We are inspired by her legacy as a clarion voice for the rights of people who are historically left out of constitutional protections and are motivated by her philosophy that any kind of discrimination hurts us as a nation. Grounded in the law, she envisioned a nation where “equal justice for all” reached the farthest corners of American society.

Today, we remain resolute that her successor should possess these same qualities, and we will fight to ensure the next appointee is someone who merits this position and will continue her legacy of moving us closer to realizing the promise of the constitutional values we cherish. Americans deserve a Supreme Court that is just and fair, and we are prepared to stand strong in our efforts to protect it.”

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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