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Statues of former Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be displayed at U.S. Capitol 

Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who were the two earliest women to join the Supreme Court, are set to have statues of them placed at the U.S. Capitol.

The bipartisan legislation that put the measure forward was pushed by female lawmakers as it passed the Senate in December and the House at the end of March. President Joe Biden signed the bill on Wednesday.

“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor were trailblazers long before reaching the Supreme Court, opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them closed,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat of Minnesota.

“The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard. It is only fitting that we honor their remarkable lives and service to our country by establishing statues in the Capitol.”

Klobuchar added that she was able to give the news to O’Connor’s son and Ginsburg’s daughter and is looking forward to “welcoming them to the Capitol” to be able to see the commemoration of their mothers’ lives.

Currently, only 14 of the more than 200 statues on the grounds of the Capitol are of women. The most recent statue of a woman to be placed in the Capitol building was of Rosa Parks in 2013.

“Their presence in our Capitol is a reminder that a woman’s place is everywhere, something a Republican President saw in 1981 and a Democrat President saw in 1993,” said the bipartisan women’s caucus leadership in a statement, referring first to O’Connor’s nomination then Ginsburg’s.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: 19THNEWS.ORG

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