Casey Family Programs statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a remarkable leader. She made her indelible mark on our nation’s ongoing journey to ensure every person has a fair and equitable opportunity under the law to pursue their hopes and dreams and achieve their fullest potential. Today, we mourn her passing and celebrate the many milestones she helped us achieve on the pathway of hope for all children and families.

Her life and career stand as a testament to why we must continue to break down the false barriers that stand in the way of people thriving based on their gender or their race, based on the communities in which they were born, the cultures in which they were raised, the religions they practice or whom they love. Time and time again, she articulated the legal framework for what we know to be true in our hearts — that we are a richer and more powerful nation when every one of us can contribute to our fullest extent.

Today across our nation, families are stronger and children are safer because of Justice Ginsburg’s efforts to dismantle the systems and attitudes that perpetuated gender discrimination in the workplace, at home and in our communities. She understood that roles reserved for or denied to a person based on the circumstances of their birth or background hold us all back.

Her story is one of challenging and overcoming the many personal and professional obstacles placed before her simply because she was born a woman. As only the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, she became a beacon of hope for countless girls and young women. For so many, she opened the doorways of opportunity that had been held firmly shut throughout history.

In the days, months and years ahead, we will draw on the powerful legacy and inspiration of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we work toward Building Communities of Hope for all children and families.