ASBC Honors the Legacy of Justice Ginsburg

Media Release

WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2020 - The American Sustainable Business Council is saddened by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, and honors her enduring legacy of fighting for gender equality throughout American society. 

“Throughout her career, Justice Ginsburg was an unyielding champion of justice and fairness; principles that ASBC has always stood for,” noted ASBC President David Levine. “Her commitment to equity will continue to inspire our work and we will commemorate her inspiring life by advocating for the ideals she stood for.” 

Because of Justice Ginsburg’s judicious advocacy on behalf of women, our society and economy have benefitted from women’s vital, expanded contributions in all areas of economic participation. Her work encompassed ensuring the rights of women to sign mortgages and open bank accounts without men as signatories, as well as fighting against discrimination in pay and discrimination triggered by maternity leave in the workplace. 

Prior to being named to the U. S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she earned significant recognition for challenging sex-based discrimination cases. In the early 1970s, she brought six cases to the Supreme Court, employing a legal strategy that succeeded in five of the six cases. Over the next three decades, she undertook a steady path towards unprecedented social transformations and personal accomplishments that eventually lead to her nomination to a seat in the highest court.  

ASBC will continue advocating for true justice and equity under the law in the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s passing. A sustainable and fair economy that works for all is predicated on many of the ideals for which Justice Ginsburg worked so fervently and tirelessly for so long. 

Our collective action on most crucial issues challenging our democracy and our society today – healthcare, voting rights, civil rights and climate change – must gain new strength and focus so ensure the change Justice Ginsburg sought will happen. 

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is the leading business organization serving the public policy interests of responsible companies, their customers and other stakeholders. Founded in 2009, ASBC’s membership represents over 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. ASBC advocates for policy change and informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, broadly prosperous, sustainable economy.