By Sally Holmes published
It's a tragic day for women—and supporters of women—in the United States. This evening, the Supreme Court announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died from complications of cancer at 87.
The feminist icon leaves a big hole on our highest court in a critical election year—a fact that will be lost on few. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed,” Ginsburg said on her deathbed, according to NPR.
As the world mourns her death, here, a few messages of sadness and fear shared by fans of the legendary judge:
Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.September 19, 2020
Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly. The t-shirts simply labeled “RBG” made her notorious. But it was her wit, her tenaciousness, and her skill as a jurist that made her an icon.September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.September 19, 2020
So heartbreaking to hear about the death of RBG, a trailblazer who inspired millions. In a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death, she said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.” pic.twitter.com/sdJhR02N7uSeptember 18, 2020
That was the sound of 150 million American women screaming in despairSeptember 18, 2020
Per @NPR Justice Ginsburg’s deathbed statement is this: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.”September 18, 2020
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." — Ruth Bader GinsburgSeptember 18, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived an extraordinary life. She fought to ensure equal protection in our laws, fearlessly dissented and defended, and was a powerful role model for us all. I'm devastated to hear of her passing.Thank you, Justice Ginsburg. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/QZeSzuIPrXSeptember 19, 2020
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You will he missed! Y’all keep saying stupid shit like you ain’t voting or it don’t matter. That shit will matter very soon!! REAL TALK!! #VOTEVOTEVOTE pic.twitter.com/0n308Em7PUSeptember 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind an incredible legacy of standing up for equality and justice. Let's honor her work.My thoughts are with her family, friends, and the millions of women and Americans she fought for. May her memory be a blessing. https://t.co/E1h9DFPPNBSeptember 19, 2020
I highly recommend @RBGmovie for an inspiring remembrance of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An icon. A hero. A dissenter. pic.twitter.com/rY0qbqyGApSeptember 19, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant. There are literally not enough words to describe the transformational impact she had on the lives of millions of Americans as an advocate and a jurist.September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman EVER (!!) to serve on the Supreme Court. She endlessly fought for women’s rights and gender equality. We were lucky to have her. Thank you RBG.September 19, 2020
Today we lost a strong ally for truth and decency. #ruthbaderginsburg constantly worked across the divide to keep the Supreme Court a judicial body that ruled by the law and not by their own personal beliefs. I pray that what she helped build up won’t be torn down. RIP. pic.twitter.com/PqKHiEMBhiSeptember 19, 2020
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Thank you, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We’ll keep pushing our way into all the places we’ve yet to be invited.September 19, 2020
NY’s heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her extraordinary career, this Brooklyn native broke barriers & the letters RBG took on new meaning—as battle cry & inspiration.Her legal mind & dedication to justice leave an indelible mark on America.September 19, 2020
The great Zora Neale Hurston said, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”This year is profound in that it is asking AND answering.As we remember the wonder that was #RuthBaderGinsburg, let us bend more toward justice with the moral arc of the universe. pic.twitter.com/EZLmbcjNp9September 19, 2020
Sally is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire where she oversees coverage of all the things the Marie Claire reader wants to know about, including politics, beauty, fashion, and celebs. She came to Marie Claire from ELLE.com, where she was the Executive Editor. Before that, Sally was at NYMag.com's the Cut and graduated with an English major from Boston College. Her favorite Harry Potter is 'Order of the Phoenix.'
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