Americans are still reeling from the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the rare Supreme Court justice to achieve a cult hero status that’s inspired everything from books to jewelry to a traveling museum exhibit. L.A. City Council has come up with another way to celebrate Ginsburg, who passed away on September 18 at 87 years old.
Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, and David Ryu introduced legislation today to honor the late justice with a statue in Los Angeles. The motion, which asks the Department of Cultural Affairs to explore both funding and location options, chronicles Ginsburg’s life, from her upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, to her achievements on the high court. The DCA will also be responsible for determining the timeline of the project.
“Ginsburg was at the forefront of a variety of social or political movements that centered on equal rights throughout her time on the court, but the dissents—in favor of gun control, campaign-finance regulation and wider access to contraception in spite of religious objections—which had an extraordinary impact even before she became the leader of the court’s liberal wing, are what earned her the moniker ‘Notorious R.B.G.'”
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a statue dedicated to Ginsburg will be erected in Brooklyn, the borough where she grew up. In the meantime, the iconic “Fearless Girl” statue that stands outside the New York Stock Exchange has been outfitted with a white lace collar as a tribute.
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