Justices O’Connor and the late Ginsburg to be commemorated with statues at Capitol

President Joe Biden will soon honor two legends of the U.S. Supreme court with their very own statues on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, where their legacies will be permanently commemorated.

According to The Washington Times, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman nominated to serve on the high court, and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a legend among Democratic voters, will be honored with the coveted statues.

Given the expense involved, Congress actually had to pass a measure to approve the erection of the two statues, which will be installed near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, which is on the Senate side of the Capitol.

In December, the measure was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate, and won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives in a 349–63 vote.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who spearheaded the required legislation to get the statues built to honor the two women, celebrated the news last week after President Biden signed it into law.

The language in the bill requires that the two statues be built within the next two years, and permanently placed, joining a number of other famous and influential women who’ve been commemorated with similar statues on the Capitol grounds.

Justice O’Connor changed the course of American history in 1981 after she became the first woman appointed to the high court, thanks to former President Ronald Reagan. The late Justice Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. She died in 2020 after several bouts of cancer.