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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Sep 26, 2020
Lying in state is reserved for only the most revered public figures, while lying in honor is a distinction reserved for remarkable private citizens. Rosa Parks, civil rights hero, was the first woman and only second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol.
 
Yesterday and today are the only days Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose in the high court, and she is the first woman to do so. She will then lie in state tomorrow at Statuary Hall, a chamber in the U.S. Capitol devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans. Out of 100 statues, only nine are women.
 
Justice Ginsburg will be the 35th person to lie in state, and in doing so, will continue her trailblazing legacy. She will be the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state in the 168-year-old history of this prestigious honor. Similar to her being the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg will be the second U.S. Supreme Court Justice to lie in state out of 104 deceased Justices.
 
We at Lawyers Club have rested more securely knowing that Justice Ginsburg was in the high court because she worked tirelessly for women’s rights and equality for all. She truly is the epitome of a guardian of justice. We mourn her loss, but we will persist remembering her words “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask from our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”
 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.


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