The loss of a true feminist icon

Women Enabled International deeply mourns the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a true feminist icon, brilliant thinker and advocate for the rights of women worldwide.

Not only a champion of gender equality, Justice Ginsburg’s work also impacted the lives of many persons with disabilities, having authored the majority opinion in Olmstead v L.C., a decision which held that people with disabilities have a right to live integrated in our communities, not segregated within institutions.

WEI will continue to build on her life’s work and fight for justice for all, joining her in making ‘good trouble.’ May her memory be a revolution.

On a more personal note, I recall meeting her at the American Constitution society annual conference, where she gave the keynote speech and highlighted the international roots of jurisprudence. Her speech was not only well-founded in the law, but it was also poetic in style, and encouraged me to continue my global advocacy. I also recall meeting her and her beloved Husband Marty at another legal conference, and I basked in their brilliance and their love for one another.

The world will be a darker place without her. We must honor her dying wish: we cannot allow her replacement until AFTER the November 3rd, 2020 U.S. Presidential election and the inauguration of the next President.  All of our rights are at stake!

—Stephanie Ortoleva

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