Democratic lawmakers want to build a memorial in the Citol in honor of the deceased civil rights icon and Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Democratic Women’s Caucus, led by Chairs Lois Frankel from Florida, Jackie Speier from California and Brenda Lawrence from Michigan, suggested a bill Tuesday to erect a memorial to Ginsburg on the Citol site or within the complex.
“It is only fitting that we perpetuate this feminist icon in the Citol with a statue that honors its legacy and enlightens future generations of its profound contributions,” said Speier said in a statement.
The liberal lawyer spent over a quarter of a century on the Supreme Court Balancing to support abortion rights, marriage equality, affordable care law and equal pay for women. She also achieved unusual levels of pop culture fame that began when a Blogger writes about a decision that Ginsburg wrote called them “Notorious RBG”
Years before Ginsburg took her seat on the Supreme Court, she worked with the Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s and discussed six landmark cases on gender equality before the Supreme Court. She won five of the cases, all of which were aimed at removing legal barriers holding women back in the workplace and in civil life. She raised cases that would set precedents for legal equality between men and women in areas such as jury duties, social security and spouse benefits, and the legal drinking age.
If the monument bill is passed, Ginsburg would only join one handful pictured by women in the halls of Citol. The Citol currently houses fewer than a dozen statues of women, including Helen Keller, Rosa Parks and Mother Joseph. The house bill does not specify what the monument would look like, how much it would cost, or what it would look like – whether it should be a statue, a bust, or a portrait.
Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota has introduced a similar bill in the Senate, along with 15 Democratic co-sponsors, including Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
A Senate Democratic adviser to the Senate committee ruled the measure should be passed by a simple majority when it comes to the floor and predicted that more Republicans would vote for the bill, “given the records of Justice Ginsburg’s performance.”
But the bill, unveiled in the first week of Women’s History Month, currently has no bipartisan support and would require 60 votes – that is, the support of 10 Republicans – to proceed. CBS News has sought comments from several Senate Republican offices.
The measure, if passed, would require the Joint Library Congress Committee, in consultation with the Senate Committee and House Management Committee, to receive a memorial honoring Ginsburg within two years of going into effect, the Democratic official said.
Klobuchar said Justice Ginsburg’s “commitment to the values and ideals of our country” is an example for all Americans. “She was an icon and a pioneer who dedicated her life to opening doors for women at a time when many insisted on keeping them closed,” the Minnesota senator said in a statement.
“The Citol is our best-known symbol of democracy, a place where people from all over our country speak and have their voices heard. It is only fitting that the Senate and House of Representatives should honor their lives and ministry by giving a Erect a monument in the Citol, “added Klobuchar.
This move by the democratic legislature comes almost six months after Ginsburg died of cancer at the age of 87 in September. A fierce advocate of women’s rights, Ginsburg was the longest serving woman on the Supreme Court and a strong liberal voice.