“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said of Ginsburg. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.” The Stars and Stripes was hoisted half-way up the flagpole outside the Court in Ginsburg’s honor, according to tweeted video of the somber remembrance. “Today, we mourn,” Roberts’ statement continued. “But with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
The small-but-mighty Brooklyn-born jurist had clawed her way through the male-dominated legal industry early in her career and shattered gender norms as a pioneer for women’s rights in the 1970s. She argued six landmark cases before the Supreme Court and was victorious in five of them that led to fairer treatment of women, as well as men. In her 25 years on the Supreme Court, the outspoken octogenarian unexpectedly earned a cult following — and the nickname “Notorious R.B.G.” for her scathing dissenting opinions.