memorial for Justice Ruth Bader Ginnsburg

See how Americans are mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the nation's capital

“She made me believe I could make it through.” Americans pay their respects to an icon.

People left flowers and photographs in front of the Supreme Court in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020. She was 87.

Photograph by Maddie McGarvey, National Geographic

In the Jewish tradition, a person who dies during the two-day New Year holiday known as Rosh Hashanah is considered a tzaddik, “a person of great righteousness.” Across the United States and at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, many people—especially women—echoed that sentiment as they reflected on the life of 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, who dedicated her life to futhering gender equality and women’s rights and served 27 years on the Supreme Court, died on Friday, September 18—the first night of Rosh Hashanah—of metastatic pancreatic cancer, a disease she had publicly battled for years.

Amy Weaver was one of Ginsburg’s legion of admirers who gathered in front of the Supreme

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