Joan Jett has paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday (September 18) due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87.
Earlier today, Jett took to her social media to write: "Yesterday we lost a woman who knew the meaning of perseverance, truth and righteousness. She paved the way for an infinite number of women and people in general.
"Ruth Bader Ginsberg broke through so many barriers and never let anyone tell her she couldn't. She just did and did it with authenticity and grace.
"Rest In Peace Justice Ginsberg."
Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School, going on to become a staunch courtroom advocate for the fair treatment of women and working with the ACLU's Women's Rights Project. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980 and appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
The justice, who sat on the bench for 27 years, was the second woman confirmed to the top court.
Supreme Court justices serve for life or until they choose to retire, and supporters have expressed concern that a more conservative judge might replace her while President Donald Trump, a Republican, remains in office.
On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he will hold a vote on Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Ginsburg on the Supreme Court despite the fact that, in the days before she died, Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter that it was her wish that she not be replaced before Inauguration Day.
"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg reportedly said.
McConnell blocked former President Obama's Supreme Court pick from receiving a confirmation hearing after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, the year of the last presidential election. At the time, he and other GOP lawmakers maintained that a Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled the same year as a presidential race.