Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state Friday in the U.S. Capitol according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for the United States Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and took her seat on August 10, 1993.  Ginsburg first drew national attention for her work successfully litigating sex discrimination cases in the 1970s.  As an Associate Justice for more than 27 years, Ginsburg was a leading voice for equality on the Court and across the country.” Pelosi said in a press release.

As Speaker Pelosi said after her passing, “Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children.  Every family in America benefited from her brilliant legacy and courage.  Her opinions have unequivocally cemented the precedent that all men and women are created equal.”

“A formal ceremony will be held Friday morning.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be open to invited guests only.  Additional details will be announced at a later date.” the release continued.

Ginsburg will be the first woman and second Supreme Court justice to lie in state in the Capitol.

The only other Supreme Court justice to lie in state was William Howard Taft, who served as chief justice after his term as president.