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Women in philanthropy mourn the passing of Justice Ginsburg, pledge to honor her memory

Statement of Women’s Funding Network President and CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman

The U.S. Supreme Court announced the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tonight. Women’s Funding Network President and CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman issued the following statement in response:

“Tonight, our hearts are full, both with grief and gratitude, as we are saddened by the loss of a feminist trailblazer and grateful for her profound leadership and selfless dedication to justice and equality. Even in her final days, she thoughtfully dictated a message, encouraging the U.S. Senate to be fair and postpone replacing her until the newly elected president is seated.

“Justice Ginsburg reminded us that ‘[w]omen belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.’

“Leaders of women’s and girls funds and foundations seek to do just that. We pledge to honor Justice Ginsburg’s memory by continuing our work to ensure that women — especially women of color — are seated at all tables of power. There can be no better way to thank Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a lifelong dedication to ending oppression than by picking up her mantle and continuing the fight for equality, as she did, with dignity and determination.”


With more than 100 women’s funds and foundations spanning six continents, Women’s Funding Network is the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. The Women’s Funding Network accelerates women’s leadership and invests in solving critical social issues — from economic security to reproductive health and justice — by bringing together the financial power, influence and voices of women’s funds. Fore more information on the work of Women’s Funding Network and its members, please visit or connect with us on Twitter @womensfunding and on Facebook at

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