The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a heavy hit to the hearts of many Americans.
Whether or not you agreed with the Supreme Court justice’s rulings, you can’t deny the power her presence in public service has had.
Ruth was tirelessly dedicated to spreading the message of equality at our country’s core. The Notorious RBG, as she lovingly became known, wanted America to feel like it belonged to the many who felt marginalized.
Many across the country were moved to action by the news of the 87-year-old’s death on Friday night. In the short days since, she has been honored in countless ways. We’re looking at some of the beautiful, moving tributes created to honor a woman who changed the course of history.
RBG gave hope to so many. She filled people with a sense that tomorrow could be better. Those feelings can be felt in the many beautiful tributes to her.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a true champion of women’s rights and a person dedicated to a better America. Her death at 87 years old was a crushing blow to many in America who appreciate the Supreme Court justice’s legacy. It moved passionate people across the country to action in a number of beautiful ways.
In New York City, the Fearless Girl statue received the RBG treatment. State Street Advisors ran a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times showing the statue wearing a lace collar. It’s a nod to the justice’s iconic jabots, which were often subtly reflective of what she felt.
Mourners began to gather outside the US Supreme Court shortly after the news of Ruth’s death broke. In the time since, flowers and candles have been placed outside the gate to the building. A candlelight vigil was held outside on Saturday night.
A protest in RBG’s honor gathered outside the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home over the weekend. The Louisville gathering saw protesters condemn the senator for speaking out quickly on filling the late justice’s seat in the court. In her final days, RBG asked that the next president fill her seat after the election this November.
RBG was remembered in a memorial in the Natomas Basin in Sacramento, California. A quote from the late justice was painted on a book statue. It reads, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that leads others to join you.”
At James Madison High School in Brooklyn, a tribute to RBG grew. She attended the high school, graduating as part of the class of 1950. It’s clear that her spirit of making the world change for the better is still very much present in the school.
At a U-Street mural of RBG, mourners created a memorial. Post-It notes with messages honoring the late justice lined the bottom of the mural. LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter flags were also incorporated into the memorial.
Students at Harvard Law School started their own memorials for RBG. At the time of her enrollment there, she was one of nine women in a class of five hundred men. She forged through with her education despite the dean of the law school himself being doubtful that she was worthy of taking the place of a man.
From Harvard Law, Ruth transferred to Columbia Law School. She became the first woman to be on two major law reviews: Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review. After she graduated, tied for first in her class. She’d go on to become the first female tenured professor at the school.
At Tufts University, students painted a special tribute to RBG. Another one of the justice’s iconic quotes was shared. Ruth wanted to be remembered as “someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability,” as was scrawled on the cannon.