In honour of late US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Fearless Girl statue in New York was adorned with a lace collar that the jurist was famous for wearing.
The addition was made within 24 hours of Ginsburg’s death on September 18, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
The collar was placed on the statue by State Street Global Advisors, the asset management company that commissioned the statue in 2017 on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“We created Fearless Girl to inspire and promote women in leadership,” Cyrus Taraporevala, president and CEO of the company, said in a statement to USA TODAY.
He said that adding a lace collar to the statue was a way for the company to pay tribute “to the remarkable life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg”.
There was an outpouring of grief outside the Supreme Court since her death was announced, with an impromptu memorial of flowers and messages written in chalk on stones.
In an 2009 interview with the Washington Post, Ginsburg said that the crochet collar was a thoughtful decision to incorporate something typical of a woman to the black robe.
“The idea was to claim what was a traditionally male uniform and unapologetically feminize it,” she had said.
“By wearing it, and wearing it consistently, Justice Ginsburg — famously tiny, famously tough — was daring the world to revise that judgment. Why could a woman not be both feminine and substantive?” wrote The New York Times.
State Street Global Advisors also had a full-page ad in the New York Times to honour the judge, and featured a photo of the statue with the iconic collar.
— Ad Age (@adage) September 21, 2020
Talking to Ad Age, the company said that they had reserved the ad space for a message on wearing masks. However, the company decided to change their ad to honour Ginsburg.
People on social media loved the gesture:
— Grace Jaramillo (@GraceJ_IPE) September 22, 2020
This makes me tear up…
— akerbak (@akerbak13) September 22, 2020
This brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful! THANK YOU!!
— MaggieFig (@earthangels007) September 21, 2020
I loved this installation a few years ago and am thrilled to see it getting a new addition! https://t.co/FqbM0qQu2r
— Meredith Cheryba (@officemouse) September 21, 2020
— Emerita A. Pizarro, MD (@emmiepizarro) September 21, 2020
— Kevin J. Clark (@KJClark5) September 20, 2020
— Julia Roig (@jroig_Partners) September 20, 2020
— Becky Brunton 🌊 (@BeckyIB) September 21, 2020
My hope is that a record number of young females are inspired to go into law. We need them more than ever. https://t.co/PwE4otI8id
— Maverick Malone (@Remi__Malone) September 21, 2020
She’s charged up with magical powers.
Look out. https://t.co/PPGDwAKAE0
— 🤷🏻♂️ (@Known__Unknowns) September 21, 2020
Absolutely love it! I’ve been there and was very emotional about what strength the little girl epitomized. #RIPRBG
— Jennifer (@mima4ufc) September 21, 2020
I was a young girl when I first learned of RBG, fighting for gender equality with the ACLU. We need more models like her, inspiring new generations of fearless girls. #RBGRevolution https://t.co/HElWQzSCJX
— Rachel Mikva (@RMikva) September 21, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would erect a statue of Ginsburg in her birthplace of Brooklyn to “honour the life and legacy” of the judge, said a report in The Hill.
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