Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court—48-year-old, right-wing Amy Coney Barrett—is poised to take the seat of women’s rights icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and destroy her legacy.
“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.”
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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.
In this edition: Honoring the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a rundown of recent attacks to reproductive health and rights; the U.S. heads into the fall with 200,000 COVID-19 deaths; and what the heck is happening at the CDC?!
2020 is a year to face down the forces that steal our hope and imagine what future we want, not just for ourselves, but for humanity.
Justice Ginsburg took seriously the human dignity of women and girls and her jurisprudence represented that. She understood the myriad ways in which state violence: physical, economic and psychological undercuts women’s potential and undermines their safety, liberty, equality, autonomy and privacy.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a tremendous impact on the law, both as a lawyer and as a judge, for women’s rights and the rights of all people.
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 American Civil Liberties Union is dedicating a full-page ad to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who first rose to national prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights for women. The organization will also be dedicating the ACLU Center for Liberty as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Liberty Center in Justice Ginsburg’s honor.
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.