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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins on the Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg


AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday:   

"Our country has lost a trailblazer, a cultural icon and an architect for a more equitable, inclusive society—especially for women.

"Not only was Justice Ginsburg the oldest member of the current U.S. Supreme Court, she defined what it means to live with purpose at every age. She ignored calls to retire for more than 20 years and, on her own terms, continued to contribute to the court and wellbeing of the American people.

"In December 2015, AARP The Magazine published an interview with her about her love of opera that, to me, was also a glimpse into her mind: she said, ‘Most of the time, even when I go to sleep, I'm thinking about legal problems. But when I go to the opera, I'm just lost in it. Loving it. And I don't think about any legal brief.’

"She inspired Americans across generations, and her legacy will live on. All of us at AARP send our heartfelt sympathies to the Ginsburg family.”

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