Today, We Mourn

Today, we mourn the death of the 107th Justice of the United States Supreme Court — the second woman ever confirmed to that Court — the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tomorrow we will fight in honor of her memory. But first, let us mourn the woman, lawyer, Judge and Justice that she was.

Today, we honor her. We recall that she was one of only nine women in her Harvard Law School class of 500, and that the Dean of the Law School invited all of the female students to a dinner, where he asked them “Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?” We honor her for showing him exactly why she deserved that spot. We recall that she transferred to Columbia Law School when her husband’s job took him there, and then tied for first in her class upon graduation. We honor her for proving to all who would demean and dismiss them, that women can compete and prevail in every role traditionally reserved for men. We recall all that she did to advance women’s rights even before President Carter appointed her to the D.C. Circuit — including co-founding the Women’s Rights Law Reporter at Rutgers Law School and the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and her ground-breaking work to build this country’s gender discrimination laws. We honor her for her steadfast and passionate commitment to securing these and other civil rights, and ensuring that women finally were treated as equals in this country.

Tomorrow, we fight. Because our champion is gone. Because this is personal, now more than ever. Because Tom McClintock and politicians like him oppose — and they have shown us through their actions that if they could, they would undo — all that Justice Ginsburg spent her life fighting to achieve. Tom McClintock consistently votes against women on the issues that matter. As this vote summary shows, just this year, he voted “No” on Bills that would have removed the deadline to enact the Equal Rights Amendment and established a women’s history museum in the Smithsonian Institution. Last year, he voted “No” on the Equality Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Indeed, he consistently has voted “No” on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, despite the enormous good that law has done. The list goes on and on. Tom McClintock doesn’t value women’s rights.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time. To learn more about the alternative, visit

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”