It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that the Packard Foundation mourns the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a fearless trailblazer, tenacious legal scholar, and righteous advocate who dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights, civil rights, and human rights. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and longtime colleagues.
Justice Ginsburg changed the United States for women. Full stop. She understood from personal experience that equality was paramount for people to fully thrive in a democracy. She was an unequivocal champion for the right of every person to live with dignity, with unending devotion to the reproductive health, well-being and prosperity of women and families.
Although best known for the rights she upheld and the changes she enabled for women, she was also a steadfast supporter for the environment, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, and the basic pillars of a functioning democracy. Whether writing for the majority or in a lace-collared dissent, the fire and passion she breathed so effectively into issues of basic human rights will leave a positive impact for centuries. Her voice will be missed.
Justice Ginsburg shared the belief held by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice,” adding but only “if there is a steadfast commitment to see the task through to completion.” At the Foundation, Justice Ginsburg is a daily inspiration, and we are steadfast in our commitment to our grantee partners across the country and globe who fight every day for a better world for everyone.
Thank you, Justice Ginsburg. Together, we won’t let you down.