The justice, who will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol this week, was honored in private ceremony on Wednesday at the Supreme Court's Great Hall.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon and Supreme Court Justice since her 1993 appointment by President Bill Clinton, died Friday, September 18 due to complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old. Ginsburg was just the second woman ever appointed to the highest court in the land—and, as Brooklyn, New York-native, her fiery opinions and unrelenting quest for equality earned her the affectionate moniker The Notorious R.B.G. Her life has been the subject of a best selling biography, a special biography for children, a lauded documentary and a Hollywood adaptation. Following a private service Wednesday at the Supreme Court's Great Hall, her casket has been moved to the front steps, available for public viewing. On Friday, she will shatter one more ceiling before being laid to rest at Arlington, as she becomes the first woman to ever lie in repose at the U.S. Capitol.