Harris County Democrats Vow to Carry Justice Ginsburg's Legacy Forward
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept 18 left many Harris County Democrats worried but determined to keep her legacy alive. Throughout her career, Ginsburg championed equal rights for all people. Her work extended the rights of women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and others.
“RBG fought tirelessly for equal rights, and we will carry that fight forward,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party chair.
“Like so many across the county, I’m heartbroken over the loss of Justice Ginsburg, a brilliant champion of equality and justice,” Rep. Lizzie Fletcher said on Twitter. “But her work and her words live on and guide us now.”
Officials called Ginsburg a trailblazer for women’s rights, even before her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. During the 1970s, she worked as director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. As a litigator, Ginsburg won five gender-equality cases she argued before the Supreme Court.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cannot be described by any words in Webster’s Dictionary,” said U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. “They fall short of the magnitude of her life and legacy as it relates to the equality of women. She took a constitution that was mostly silent of the rights of women and, of course, the equality that never existed for women in America, and turned it magically with her enormous legal talking into an America where women stand equal.”
“She embodied pure bravery and an unflinching belief in our country’s potential,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “For women, she was a symbol of promise and a fighter for what we know we can achieve. Here legacy will live on.”
“Her tireless advocacy for women’s rights is a beacon or progress for all Americans, and the immeasurable impact of her service to our nation will echo throughout history,” said State Rep. Christina Morales.
Acknowledging that Ginsburg shattered many glass ceilings in the legal world, U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia said on Twitter, “All Americans and especially women in the legal profession owe a debt of gratitude to our beloved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
Ginsburg became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.
“There truly aren’t words to describe the impact RBG had on our judicial system. She broke through the highest glass ceilings and her memory will serve as a guidepost for women everywhere who have the same love for democracy as she displayed throughout her career,” said Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado.
Appreciation for Ginsburg echoed throughout Harris County, along with a commitment to fight for human rights.
“She used her life to fight for what was just and right,” said Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis. “Now it’s up to us to continue in the struggle for humanity.”
“We carry on in her honor, working to advance equal opportunities and fighting against prejudice and discrimination,” Schechter said.