(New York, NY, Friday, September 18, 2020) – The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is devasted by the news of the passing of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87.
But we are not defeated.
The news about our Esteemed Supreme Court Justice and Beloved Champion of Women’s Rights and Equality and Justice for All comes at the most difficult and inopportune time. We are already engaged in a collective struggle to process the pandemic, natural disaster, civil unrest, and political uncertainty. This blow hurts – profoundly.
Chief Justice John Roberts struck the proper tone in his official statement on behalf the U.S. Supreme Court: “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature. . . . Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
That is exactly how WBASNY will remember Justice Ginsburg – aka the “Notorious RBG.” We will remember her in our continued tireless efforts to fight for equal rights for all. We will remember her in our continued resolve to defend and demand justice for all. We will remember her in our continued firm and fearless stance in the face of any and all efforts to roll back women’s hard-won rights and political gains.
We will remember Justice Ginsburg as we champion the causes she championed – in the courtroom, in the workplace, and at the polls.
Rest in Progress, Justice Ginsburg – and thank you for showing us the way.
The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the professional membership organization of choice for more than 4,000 attorneys throughout New York State, and the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. For four decades, WBASNY has been a singularly important resource for women lawyers, with professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families. Through involvement with WBASNY’s 20 regional chapters and its 40-plus substantive law committees, WBASNY’s members collaborate with one another on a variety of issues and perform public and community service, in furtherance of its mission to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and women in the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and women attorneys in particular. WBASNY holds United Nations NGO status with the U.N.’s Department of Public Information, and Special Consultative status in association with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WBASNY is also a founding member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.