The Supreme Court honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a private ceremony, followed by public viewing on Wednesday. Ginsburg, a feminist icon and champion for social justice, died Friday at the age of 87 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court and served for more than 27 years.
“It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead,” Chief Justice John Roberts said during his eulogy. “But she chose the law. Subjected to discrimination in law school and the job market because she was a woman, Ruth would grow to become a leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court. She was not an opera star, but she found her stage right behind me, in our courtroom.”
Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at the top of the front steps of the Supreme Court building. The public viewing is being held outdoors to follow COVID protocol.
On Friday, Ginsburg’s casket will be moved to the U.S. Capitol building for another ceremony, and she will be the first woman to ever lie in state.