The Government Community Joins in Celebrating the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We live and work, love and marry, vote and protest, forgive and fight, unite and dissent, and mourn and celebrate in a world changed for the better by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Though we live in a far better world for having had Justice Ginsburg in it, it’s still a long way from perfect. There remain many injustices to right, problems to solve and promises to fulfill. There is so much more we all need to do. Now, we have to do it without her.

That’s the catch of a legacy as substantial as the one Justice Ginsburg has left to us. Legacy is not static. It is not assured. It is a gift that lasts only as long as people remember, honor, defend and build on it. A legacy is a summons to others to dedicate themselves to working together, to achieve a greater purpose than anyone can accomplish alone.

Legacy is a lot like public service that way. Among her many qualities, Ginsburg was a dedicated public servant who spent her life working to provide people with civil rights, equal opportunity and human dignity.

As the news of Justice Ginsburg’s death spread over the weekend, her fellow government employees shared their grief — and also celebrated the defiant life and glorious legacy of the Notorious RGB.

Let’s look at what they had to say:

From Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

From Mary C. Daly, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:

From Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department:

From the city of Weston, Florida:

From Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior Department:

From Jesse J. Sabatini, a Synthesis Chemist with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland:

From Gloria I. Chavez, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector:

From Krista Canellakis, Deputy Secretary for General Services at the California Government Operations Agency:

From the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

From Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools in South King County, Washington.

From Kelly X Jin, Chief Analytics Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics in New York City:

From the Mount Juliet, Tennessee Police Department:

From Cora Scott, the Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the city of Springfield, Missouri:

From Dr. Lisa D. Cook, served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama:

From Charlotte Clymer, U.S. Army veteran:

From Diane Shaw, Rare Materials Cataloger for the Smithsonian Libraries:

From Cordelia Yu, Innovation Specialist at 18F:

Lauren Girardin is a marketing and communications consultant, storyteller, and freelance writer based in San Francisco. She helps organizations engage their communities and tell their stories. Her website is laurengirardin.com and you can connect with her on Twitter at @girardinl.

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