ADEL, Iowa — About 60 people gathered on the lawn of the Dallas County Courthouse Monday evening to honor the life and legal legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18 after a lengthy battle with cancer. In her 27 years on the nation’s highest court, Bader Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.
Considered a moderate judicial voice at the time of her nomination in 1993, Bader Ginsburg ended as the leader of the Court’s liberal wing as the increasingly conservative drift of the Court emerged in recent years.
Speaking briefly at Monday’s evening vigil were the Rev. Pat Stalter of Adel, who praised Bader Ginsburg’s championing of equal rights for all U.S. citizens, and Dallas County Democratic Party Chairperson Bryce Smith of Adel, who called Bader Ginsburg a “trailblazer.”
A small but fervent contingent of Perry people attended the memorial event, including Monica Peitz, Cheri Tice Scheib, Pat Mundy, Carol Jackson Cavanaugh, Nancy Tice and Pat Bengston.