SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.
"The result of the work that Ruth Bader Ginsburg did 60 years ago laid the groundwork for women in law. Women now outnumber men in law schools. We owe that to RBG," said Fanwood municipal court judge Susan M. MacMullan. "There was one point when Fanwood had a female mayor, judge, prosecutor and public attorney -- and no one thought anything of it. That was due to the success of her hard work. We have an obligation to continue this work so that future generations know what she meant."
Judge McMullen said that when Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from law school, she couldn't get hired by a law firm and that the only position she could get was teaching. It would up being advantageous.
"That gave her the time to do pro bono cases. She took on women's rights cases, so that she could begin to level the playing field," Judge McMullen said. "That's why it's important for future generations to continue her work."
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is a devastating loss - for the legal community, for women lawyers, for all women and for anyone who cares about women’s rights," said Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, a partner at the Genova Burns law firm. "RBG paved the way for me and my sisters, and we will continue to fight her fight."
"In her 87 years, she was never resigned to accept the status quo. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fierce advocate for women’s equality and since her early days as a lawyer, fought for justice for all," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "She stood up to cancer like she did for what she believed in, never wavering. She may have been small in stature, but she leaves an immeasurable hole in our nation’s highest court."
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) also commented.
“I am heartbroken to learn that we’ve lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a giant, contributing to legal scholarship for over half a century from her time as a law professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School. She was an advocate for women’s rights, and a living legend of women’s leadership," said the Congresswoman.
“Justice Ginsburg was one of the greatest lawyers of her generation, fundamentally changing the way the law interacted with gender," she added. "Her strength and fire inspired millions of women, across careers, backgrounds, and generations, giving them a model for breaking through barriers of all kinds. And both her legal work and opinions from the highest court have offered millions opportunities they may never have otherwise been given. My husband and I will hold Justice Ginsburg and her family in our prayers.”
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
A private interment service for Justice Ginsburg will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.