Statement from Michael J. Madigan on the 25th Anniversary of the Swearing in of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Source: roosevelt.edu)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —(ENEWSPF)—August 10, 2018
By: Jon Maxson

Michael J. Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“25 years ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the judicial oath to serve on the US Supreme Court and she has left her mark on the country for the past quarter century.

“Justice Ginsberg is a trailblazer in the truest sense of the word. She is just the second woman ever on the highest court in the land. Earlier in her career, she made the law review at both Harvard and Columbia.

“Yet she faced rejection from the most prestigious law firms and judicial clerkships. She was spurned, in large part, because she was a woman and because she was a mother. This was unacceptable then and it remains unacceptable now.

“Here in Illinois, we are fighting so that women and mothers can reach their fullest potential. Women, from all walks of life, have a right to equal opportunity under the law. With Donald Trump in the White House and his Supreme Court nominee, this is a right we cannot take for granted – we must protect and continue to fight for equal rights.

“As leader of my caucus and the Democratic Party of Illinois, I am deeply committed to these rights and proud that Illinois is the latest state to enact the Equal Rights Amendment, but we can’t stop there. Today reminds us that we should continue to honor the legacy of the progress our country has made since Justice Ginsburg was sworn in a quarter century ago, and work to go forwards with this progress not backwards.”

Madigan is encouraging residents to protect victories for women’s rights and women’s health by signing the Democratic Party of Illinois’ petition against Donald Trump’s extreme Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at http://bit.ly/noextremecourt

Source: Office of House Speaker Madigan