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Social Workers Mourn the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) joins the nation in mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an unflagging champion for gender equality and a trailblazer for equal justice under the law.

Only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg previously co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her own personal experiences of gender discrimination informed her lifelong efforts to promote equality. Indeed,  Justice Ginsburg was rejected for a Supreme Court clerkship due to her gender, despite the fact that she was ranked first in her class at Columbia Law School.

Our thoughts are with her family, closest colleagues and friends, and the millions of Americans who looked to her for strength and inspiration. We will join the nation in celebrating the wonderful life and many contributions of Justice Ginsburg, who was affectionately known by so many as “Notorious RBG”.


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.