Politicians, celebrities and many others took to social media Friday to pay tribute to the legacy ofat age 87 from complications related to pancreatic cancer.
Ginsburg, a political, cultural and feminist icon to many, was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the court, and served more than 27 years.
“A powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality, she has been a beacon of justice during her long and remarkable career,” former president Jimmy Carter posted online. “I was proud to have appointed her to the US Court of Appeals in 1980. We join countless Americans mourning the loss of a truly great woman.”
President Donald Trump released a statement calling her a “titan of the law.”
Former U.S. president Barack Obama tweeted, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.”
Former vice president Joe Biden wrote, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.”
U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for vice president Kamala Harris wrote, “Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy. Doug and I send our heartfelt prayers to Jane and James, and the entire Ginsburg family, particularly on this holy day of Rosh Hashanah.”
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted that “Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren shared her memories of her friendship with Ginsburg.
“Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly,” Warren tweeted. “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. As a young mom heading off to Rutgers law school, I saw so few examples of female lawyers or law professors. But Ruthie blazed the trail. I’m forever grateful for her example — to me, and to millions of young women who saw her as a role model.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani called Ginsburg “a credit to the court.”
“I disagreed with many of her decisions but they were all well reasoned and well-argued,” he tweeted. “She was a close friend of her ideological opposite, Justice Scalia. They both loved opera, law and the U.S.A. May She Rest In Peace.”
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell posted a statement online as well. “The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.”
Bill and Melinda Gates also paid tribute to Ginsburg.
“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who devoted her entire career to fighting for equal justice for women, because she knew it would improve life for everyone,” Bill Gates tweeted. “America is a better place because of her service. I am inspired by her life and legacy.”
“At the core of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary life was a simple conviction: ‘Women belong,’ she said, ‘in all places where decisions are being made,'” Melinda Gates tweeted. “She was a brilliant jurist, an inimitable Supreme Court justice, a force for equality and integrity — and she was one of my heroes. There will never be another RBG, but we are a much better, fairer country for all that she gave us.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also commented, “My heart goes out to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s family and loved ones. She was a trailblazing jurist, and champion of gender equality and justice for everyone. Her legacy will live on through future generations.”
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tweeted, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thank you for your legacy. You inspired generations of women, including myself, my sisters & my daughters. Thank you for leading the way and showing all of us that we can work together to uphold justice.”
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
“The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country,” Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted. “She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history.”
Feminist writer and social commentator Roxane Gay tweeted, “RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is an immense loss. And the fate of the country should not rest on one woman’s shoulders however giant they were. I’m so sorry for her family and friends.”
Captain Marvel actor Brie Larson tweeted, “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.”
Other Ginsburg fans posted admiration of her and what she meant to them over the years.