UNION, 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.

"On September 18, our nation lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for justice who fought tirelessly for gender equality,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “RBG personified what it means to be a public servent.  She dedicated her entire adult life to ensure justice was served.  What I respect most about RBG was that she represented a force for change.  She seemed unapologetic in her efforts to make this world a more equitable and just place.  It is during times like this that we need that level of fervor, preparation and willingness to act justly.  I hope that she will forever serve as a role model for justice, perseverance and empowerment and pray she rests in peace.”

"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer for women's rights," said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano.  "She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court.  She was and will continue to be an inspiration to girls and woman."  

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"A few years ago I was in an admission class for attorneys for the Supreme Court," continued Quijano, who represents the 20th Legislative District.  "When I saw Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg enter I wanted to run up and thank her.  I wanted to share how she impacted my family and the family of so many others.  How can you explain to someone that she gave dignity and hope to woman and has changed their lives for the better?  How do you tell someone who is 5-foot, 1-inch tall that they are a giant in your eyes?  I understand the hurt of discrimination and admired how she used her experience to give the voiceless a voice."

“I am very saddened by the loss of Justice Ginsburg,” said attorney and Township Committeewoman Suzette Cavadas.  “As a woman and attorney, she inspired me at a young age.  She was a role model for all young girls and women.  I personally will be indebted to her and the inroads she made, especially with bridging the gaps with women in court and to help create a sense of civility.  She made our country a better place to live as she always served as a voice for positive social change and individual rights.”

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.