Democratic Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Vice Chair Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), were joined by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) to celebrate the start of Women’s History Month by introducing a bill to honor the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“The notorious RBG was tiny in stature but a giant in bringing women’s equality to our country by first using the courts to file lawsuits and then on the court opining on equality for all. Her dissents are legendary, her passion for equal rights uncompromising. It is only fitting that we immortalize this feminist icon with a statue in the Capitol that honors her legacy and educates future generations of her profound contributions,” said Rep. Speier
The bill would construct a monument to memorialize Justice Ginsburg in a place of prominence within the U.S. Capitol Complex. Senator Amy Klobuchar also introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
“Justice Ginsburg’s dedication to our country’s values and ideals is an example for every American. She was an icon and a trailblazer who dedicated her life to opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut,” said Senator Klobuchar.
“The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of Democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard. It is only fitting that the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives honor her life and service by establishing a monument in the Capitol.”
In honor of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, the legislation also requires the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library (JCL) to consider selecting an artist from underrepresented demographic groups to create the monument. Presently, there are five sculptures and one painting honoring former Supreme Court Justices in the Capitol.