STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A vigil honoring the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A crowd gathered in Stamford Sunday to remember Ginsburg’s extraordinary life.
Folks from around the state along with local leaders remembered Ginsburg’s work and legacy serving as only the second woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court after legal giant Sandra Day O’Connor.
Sunday, dignitaries such as Governor Ned Lamont, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and dozens of others gathered on the steps of Stamford-Norwalk Superior Court to honor and remember Ginsburg’s incredible journey as a trailblazer for women’s rights in this country.
She studied law at Harvard and taught law at Columbia during a time when women weren’t welcomed in those legal spaces.
Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said, “Justice Ginsburg left a huge legacy that’s hard to even quantify.”
As the country mourns her loss, many are hoping her legacy will never be forgotten.
Brooke Manewal of Stamford told News 8 Sunday, “As a woman, the fact that I’m able to hold a credit card in my name, the fact that I am able to own property, my freedom of choice, my right to marry who I choose, all of that is thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg…I’m a mom of three young daughters and a son, too, but their futures have been shaped by her legacy and we need to continue to do that and protect those rights for our children.”
Justice Ginsburg is remembered as a legal giant, a women’s rights icon, and a trailblazer in her own right.
Gov. Ned Lamont said, “Remember when they asked her how many female justices is enough for the Supreme Court? Remember what she answered? Nine!”
“There are so many people who have been positively impacted by her decisions and there are so many areas: if it’s voting rights, whether it’s reproductive health care, health insurance, marriage equality – so many ways she made an impact on our country,” Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz said.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, “She was so warm and compassionate, she remembered details about people’s lives.
As the country mourns and remembers Justice Ginsburg for her countless contributions in forming a more perfect union, many at the vigil say they don’t want her groundbreaking lifelong work to be in vain.
“Now we’re at a crossroads because many of those things, voting rights, health care, reproductive freedom are in jeopardy,” Lt. Gov. Gysiewicz added.
“She fought for every single citizen of America, that was what she championed, equality across the board,” Manewal said.
It has been reported that in Ginsburg’s final moments with her family she stated her wish was for the winner of the 2020 presidential election to nominate her successor to the highest court in the land.
Her death has sparked debate over what President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans may do, now about 50 days out from election day.