A bill introduced to the House and Senate on Tuesday, March 2, commissions the construction of a monument honoring the late feminist icon inside the U.S. Capitol.
A new monument paying homage to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could soon go up at the U.S. Capitol.
The bill, introduced to both the House and Senate on Tuesday, March 2, is being sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Caucus’ co-chairs Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fl.), Rep Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), and by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in the Senate. The new legislation seeks to honor the late Supreme Court Justice, who died last September, and her trailblazing legal career with a monument in a “place of prominence” at the Capitol.
“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and inspiration who spent her career fighting for gender equality and standing up for women’s rights,” said Rep. Frankel. “A monument to her in our Capitol will allow future visitors to recognize and reflect upon her remarkable contributions.”
Whether the monument will take the shape of a statue, bust or portrait is yet to be determined, but the bill also called for the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library to consider selecting an artist from underrepresented demographic groups. If it were to be a statue, the legal legend would be one of three women to be honored with a statue at the Capitol along with activist Frances Willard and Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. Other women appear in portraits.
“The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of Democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “It is only fitting that the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives honor [Ginsburg’s] life and service by establishing a monument in the Capitol.”
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