BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington D.C. with her family by her side. She was 87.
17 News’ Eytan Wallace discusses her life and accomplishments as the second woman appointed to the highest court in the U.S. Among those to tweet out their condolence were Congressman Kevin McCarthy.
Congressman T.J. Cox said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer and icon who changed the course of history for the better. We all owe debt of gratitude to Justice Ginsburg and have a responsibility to uphold her standard of excellence and courage in everything we do.”
Senator Shannon Grove also expressed condolences.
Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta gave the following statement:
“We have lost a giant in the Supreme Court. Let us pray her replacement will have her values of compassion, equality and justice for all, especially in the fields of racial and economic justice and the human rights of all, especially women.”
Mayor Karen Goh thanked Ginsburg for her years of service.
Gov. Gavin Newsom also issued a statement on Ginsburg’s “historic legal career”:
“Justice Ginsburg devoted her extraordinary life and intellect to making the words of our nation’s founding documents more true. Throughout her historic legal career, her contributions as a jurist to the cause of equality for women and men were unmatched. Justice Ginsburg fought tirelessly for the rights of women at work, at school and in the life of our nation. She proved over and over again that sex-based discrimination harmed not just women, but men and families, and that reckoning with this inequality was required for our nation to live out its promise.
“In moving our nation forward, she inspired millions among us, including so many women and girls, to reach higher, dream bigger and dissent more passionately. Though this loss is incalculable, her legacy will live on in the fairer, more just society that she bravely ushered in and that we must, to honor her, safeguard. Our thoughts and prayers are with her colleagues, her family and all Americans in mourning.”