Ruth Bader Ginsburg Objects Coming to Smithsonian

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Posthumously Receive Smithsonian Great Americans Medal in Virtual Ceremony March 30
March 23, 2022
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stands at a podium

WHAT:          Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will posthumously receive the National Museum of American History’s Great Americans Medal for her groundbreaking judicial work and commitment to gender equality and human rights.

WHEN:          Wednesday, March 30
6:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:       Virtual event: registration required

WHO:            Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum
American History

Jane C. Ginsburg, professor, Literary & Artistic Property Law and faculty director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, Columbia Law School, daughter 

James S. Ginsburg, president, Cedille Records, son

Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator, National Museum of American History

David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and former Smithsonian Regent

In a virtual ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will honor the legacy of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the presentation of the museum’s signature honor, the Great Americans Medal. Approximately 20 objects related to her Supreme Court career will be donated to the museum by the family and presented by her children, Jane C. Ginsburg and James Ginsburg.

The ceremony will include biographical videos narrated by Gloria Steinem and tributes from President Jimmy Carter, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand and many others. Philanthropist and former Smithsonian Regent David M. Rubenstein will share how Ginsburg embodied the ideas and ideals represented by the award.

The Great Americans Medal is presented to individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the U.S. More information on the medal is available. The award presentation is open to the public by registration.

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