PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Rodriguez and Ryu Seek to Build Ruth Bader Ginsburg Statue in LA

LOS ANGELES - Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember David Ryu and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez introduced legislation today to build a statue honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away at 87 years old on September 18, 2020. The City Council also adjourned today’s Council meeting in memory of the late Supreme Court justice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 22, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Contact for Councilwoman Rodriguez:

Tran Le

tran.le@lacity.org

213.257.0475

Contact for Council President Martinez:

Rick Coca

rick.coca@lacity.org

213.473.7006

 

Councilmembers Martinez, Rodriguez and Ryu Seek to Build Ruth Bader Ginsburg Statue in LA

LOS ANGELES - Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember David Ryu and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez introduced legislation today to build a statue honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away at 87 years old on September 18, 2020. The City Council also adjourned today’s Council meeting in memory of the late Supreme Court justice.

“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of race and gender equality,” said LA City Council President Nury Martinez. “She was determined, fearless, resilient and a fierce advocate for women’s rights and civil rights. It’s impossible to overstate the incredible impact she had on women across the nation. A City of Los Angeles statue honoring her would be a lasting tribute to a woman whose life-changing work will outlive us all.”  

"Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer whose life meant a fairer country for us all. She was the heroine in our Nation's story and we are forever indebted for her example and service," said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. "This statue is a beautiful celebration of Justice Ginsburg's life and legacy -- let her fight fuel our fight for justice for all."

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the daughter of immigrants and the first in her family to go to college, is an enduring symbol of triumph in the face of injustice. She believed a more equal world was possible, so she made one,” Councilmember Ryu said. “She is a feminist and a civil rights icon, and her legacy must live on. A statue to the late Justice would inspire future generations of Angelenos to carry the torch forward.”

Ginsburg successfuly won numerous gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court as a lawyer, and led the Supreme Court’s liberal justices on the court. After graduating top of her class at Columbia Law School in 1959 and co-founding the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1972, she won numerous landmark gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. Her work changed the legal landscape for women in America and extended the protections of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to women. 

After serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 23 years, she became the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court in 1993, where she worked for 27 years until her death. As a justice, she helped secure nationwide marriage equality, protect abortion rights, and strike down gender discrimination in military institutions. She was also known for her incisive dissents, which inspired legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and earned her the moniker of “Notorious RBG.” 

The motion seeks funding and location options for the proposed statue from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and was seconded by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Read the motion here.

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