Sen. Tammy Duckworth: “Ginsburg Changed This Nation—and My Own Life—Time and Again”

“With every case she argued, with every ruling she issued, with every dissent she penned, Justice Ginsburg helped push our country toward that more perfect Union our founders once wrote of in the Constitution she believed in so fiercely. … She gave me the chance to achieve my life as it is today. But her passing isn’t just heartbreaking for me and for countless other women across this country. It’s a loss for our entire nation. For justice. And for equality.”

Women’s Representation Roundup: Ginsburg’s Impact on the 2020 Election

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol; the impact of Justice Ginsburg’s death on the 2020 election; best practices to getting more women into judicial offices; the Solomon Islands’s systemic strategies to advance gender balance in government; appallingly few women have speaking roles at the UN this month; a staggering number of Black women running for office; tracking investments of leading foundations in minority and women-owned firms; building a gender-sensitive workplace culture; in support of the Yes On 2 ranked-choice voting campaign in Massachusetts; and this week’s suggested feminist reading.

Watch the Women

As she anticipated with her dying statement to her granddaughter—”My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed”—the vacancy Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves on the Supreme Court has set off an intense partisan fight just weeks before the 2020 election.

Which party controls the Senate in 2021 could depend on how the many women candidates fare.

The People Want to Wait: Polling Shows Voters Want Election Winner to Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

62 percent of adult Americans believe that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the upcoming election between Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, while only 23 percent disagreed (the rest said they were unsure).

Additionally, eight out of 10 Democrats and five out of 10 Republicans agreed that the appointment should until after the winner of the November election is announced.