RIP RBG: Oregon Pays Tribute to the Legendary Supreme Court Justice

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was met with outpouring of grief and gratitude from Oregonians.

By Portland Monthly Staff September 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her 1993 confirmation hearings.

Oregonians joined with those around the nation to mourn the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Local lawmakers, sports stars, members of the media, politicians, writers, and more—all took to social media to pay tribute to the long-serving justice.  At 87, the Brooklyn-born Ginsburg was a celebrated advocate for women’s rights; she worked tirelessly to uphold abortion rights, fight gender discrimination and support other progressive measures, first as a lawyer for the ACLU and then as an appointee by President Bill Clinton on a Supreme Court that has become increasingly conservative. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, paid tribute to the “landmark structural changes that reduced gender discrimination and created more equal protections for all Americans,” that Bader Ginsburg’s work brought about. “Throughout my life and career, in the law and in government, I have walked through doors that she opened,” the governor said in a statement. “Fierce, persistent and filled with grit, she was our hope and our inspiration. Justice Ginsburg never, ever gave up and America is better for it. We can honor her legacy by continuing to work to dismantle all forms of inequality and discrimination, in our justice system and in our lives, with everything we have.”

Oregon’s two US senators also weighed in, expressing gratitude for her lifetime of service to the country. 

The Thorns defender Gabby Seiler paid tribute to an inspiration. 

Local ER doctor and founding member of Time’s Up Healthcare Esther Choo had one word for the woman who was the second to serve on the US Supreme Court when she took her spot on the nation’s highest court in 1993. 

And Portland-based feminist publisher Bitch Media made clear their feelings on the loss. 

Meanwhile, police reform advocate and PSU advisor Candace Avalos vowed to carry on the fight.

Thoughts turned quickly to Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court. Democratic state representative and physician Maxine Dexter urged people to honor the late Justice’s wishes: 

Author Cheryl Strayed gave voice to her fear about what might come next:  

While acclaimed local author Mitchell S. Jackson expressed his cynicism. 

And a SE Division Street feminist boutique named for the justice took to Instagram: 


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