Norton Issues Statement on Passing of Longtime Friend and Legal Colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Norton knew as a friend for 50 years and worked with as a lawyer:
“Justice Ginsburg’s brilliance made her a leader on the Supreme Court even when she dissented, but she was making new law long before she was able to do so as a Justice.
“I introduced Justice Ginsburg at her Senate hearing when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. There, I spoke of her historic achievements even before she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. I was assistant legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) when Justice Ginsburg founded the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, though she was not a paid member of the staff. There, she did some of her most historic work, including her successful argument before the Supreme Court that established the now axiomatic principle that the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause applies to women.
“Although a feminist in her quest for equality for women, her principled understanding of equal treatment lead to her victory in the Supreme Court case that held that male caregivers should have the same benefits as women in that role.
“Justice Ginsburg’s towering intellect made her a leader on the Supreme Court. Her pathbreaking work as a lawyer made her a leader in the law itself.”