Supreme Court judge and beloved political figure Ruth Bader Ginsburg tragically passed away on Friday night after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Ginsburg had courageously beat cancer three times before.
Her passing has left a lasting effect on her many admirers and colleagues, with celebrities paying tribute to her throughout the evening.
Viola Davis, Cher, Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington and Mariah Carey also took to social media to give their condolences.
“Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG.”, Mariah said.
With a career spanning six decades, Ginsburg achieved many milestones and helped make huge strides for women’s rights. Attending law school at Harvard and then later Columbia, Ginsburg went on to not only graduate top of her class but to come back and teach at the institution.
Her achievements didn’t stop there – as a lawyer, she won monumental cases that helped shape the women’s right movement, including Reed v. Reed, Frontiero v. Richardson and more.
Ginsburg was also viewed as an important ally to the LGBTQ+ community and fought for LGBTQ+ rights over the years.
Her votes have helped shape many positive landmark decisions concerning the LGBTQ+ community. She contributed to the legalization of gay marriage in every U.S. state, pushed back against proposed anti-gay discrimination laws and more.
Speaking on Ginsburg and her legacy, Human Rights Campaign president, Alphonso David, states: “Today, we lost an unqualified, undisputed hero.”
“She wasn’t just an iconic jurist, Justice Ginsburg was a force for good — a force for bringing this country closer to delivering on its promise of equality for all.”
He continued: “Her decades of work helped create many of the foundational arguments for gender equality in the United States, and her decisions from the bench demonstrated her commitment to full LGBTQ equality.”
“She was and will remain an inspiration to young people everywhere, a pop culture icon as the Notorious RBG and a giant in the fight for a more just nation for all”
Rest in power RBG!