New York State has decided to erect a statue in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Brooklyn, where the illustrious magistrate and feminist icon grew up, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday.
The dean of the Supreme Court of the United States, who died Friday at the age of 87, “was a monumental figure in the struggle for equality and we all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor”, declared the elected Democrat in a press release.
“New York mourns the death of Judge Ginsburg but remembers with pride that her incredible journey began here in Brooklyn,” he added.
Ruth Bader was born on March 15, 1933 into a Jewish family from this then popular district, of which she always kept a touch of accent. A graduate of Columbia University in New York, she worked there for a few years as a professor.
The mayor of the megalopolis Bill de Blasio also paid tribute to this “girl from Brooklyn, a tenacious spirit who has moved our country towards greater justice, equality and morality”. “His city and the world are in mourning,” he tweeted.
Governor Cuomo will now appoint a commission that will choose the artist responsible for making this work and the place where to erect it.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose to prominence as a lawyer in the 1970s by winning several court battles that brought down a host of laws discriminating against women.
Appointed in 1993 to the Supreme Court, she defended other progressive causes, including the rights of sexual minorities or immigrants, and has become an icon even among the youngest, who have renamed her “Notorious RBG” in reference. to the murdered rapper Notorious BIG.
His death sparked an avalanche of praise but also opened a new political front in an already tense election campaign.
President Donald Trump on Saturday indicated his desire to replace her “without delay”, to the chagrin of the Democratic opposition who fear the arrival of a new conservative judge in the temple of American law.