Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. When the news of her passing broke yesterday, it caused a mass outpouring of grief for a woman who had battled for gender equality throughout her entire career; Ginsburg was only the second woman in United States history to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and frequently joked that there would be enough women on the nine-seat court "when there are nine."
The internet has been flooded with tributes to Ginsburg's dedication to uplifting women and girls, and her status as a feminist role model, as well as her many legal accomplishments, with the hashtag #RIPRBG trending on Twitter, in reference to her famous nickname, The Notorious RBG.
Among the people sharing messages of admiration and respect for Ginsburg were Marvel stars Mark Ruffalo, who described her as "a Lioness of Light and Righteousness," and Robert Downey Jr., who commemorated Ginsburg with a quote from the woman herself that now doubles as a call to action in her absence: "Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
Okay, today we mourn a Lioness Of Light and Righteousness, tomorrow we fight like RBG did for us every single day. She would have it no other way. Rest In Power Justice RGB! We will prevail on your behalf.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 19, 2020
"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." RIP, RBG pic.twitter.com/HLtKG7qdnp
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A model for fairness, rational thought, and progress. She will be missed more than we can yet imagine.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 18, 2020
Danny DeVito praised Ginsburg's "compassion and mercy," while Mark Hamill, Justin Theroux and Kevin Bacon called her death "gut wrenching," "heartbreaking" and "a tremendous loss."
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 19, 2020
What a tremendous loss. Thank you, RBG for your life’s work. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/BFTC8ZIYqy
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) September 19, 2020
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A recurring theme in many of these posts were that it is now up to others to hold themselves to the same standards that Ginsburg did in her life, and to continue the work that she dedicated her life to.
"We have lost a giant in the history of our nation with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. "It is heartbreaking that in her final moments she was, as are many others, preoccupied with what would happen after her passing. I want to make one thing clear: we can, and must, fight."
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