Justice Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court
Memorialized as "a prophet" and "our strength," Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, September 25, 2020.
Justice Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, 2020. She was 87 years old.
Justice Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. She served for 27 years until her death. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. During her time as an attorney and a law professor, she was known for advocating for women's rights, including arguing and winning multiple sex discrimination cases in front of the Supreme Court.
In her remarks at the memorial ceremony, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) said, “It is with profound sorrow and deep sympathy to the Ginsburg family that I have the high honor to welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state in the Capitol of the United States. She does so on a catafalque built for Abraham Lincoln. May she rest in peace."
Justice Ginsburg is the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol. While civil rights icon Rosa Park lay in honor in the Capitol, she did not lie in state.
"Even as our hearts are breaking, we must rise with her strength and move forward," said Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt at the memorial ceremony. "She was our prophet, our north star, our strength, for so very long. Now she must be permitted to rest, after toiling so long for every single one of us."
Justice Ginsburg lay in repose at the United States Supreme Court building earlier in the week, where members of the public could pay their respects. She was buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her husband.