Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in US capitol
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a late Supreme court Judge who died a week ago, has become the first woman in US history to lie in state at the US Capitol in Washington DC.
The liberal icon died from pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the nation’s top court.
Thousands have been paying their respects as she lay in repose outside the Supreme Court building this week.
Ginsburg, who died aged 87, was an outspoken advocate for gender equality and civil rights.
Ginsburg’s casket was carried into Statuary Hall, just outside the House of Representatives’ chamber,
by an armed forces honor guard. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., presided over the brief ceremony.
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, who also eulogized Ginsburg as she lay in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court,
said of Ginsburg Friday, “As a lawyer, she won equality for women and men, not in one swift victory,
but brick by brick, case by case. Through meticulous, careful lawyering, she changed the course of American law.”
Notably absent from the ceremony were Congress’ two top Republicans, Senator Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
Thousands of mourners paid their respects to Ginsburg during the two days her casket rested at the top of the
Supreme Court steps, including former President Bill Clinton, who nominated her to the high court in 1993,
and President Donald Trump.