FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a powerful impact on women and so many other lives everywhere. Two Fort Wayne woman say she even inspired them to be who they are today.
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for intersectional feminism as she became the Supreme Court’s second female justice.
Jalyn Radziminski is the president and founder of the non-profit called Count US IN. She says she began the group to help create a more diverse voter turnout, something Justice Ginsburg was passionate about herself.
“This is terrible news, but I know her vision for us was to continue to push through that work,” Radziminski said. “So, we should take time to grieve but also, it's like passing the baton, let's pick up where she left off and keep pushing forward."
Radziminski says Ginsburg inspired her from the first time she saw her on TV when she was a child. Ever since, she says she has been following in her footsteps -- fighting for equal rights for everyone.
Erin McCarthy is a board member with Count US IN and she also works at Amani Family Services as a grant consultant where she advocates for immigrant and refugee rights here in Fort Wayne.
“We are able to get those degrees that will catapult us into our career, we are able to get those pay raises, and that's just so vital throughout your career,” McCarthy said. “That gives you hope, it makes you want to keep trying, and I think I have her to thank for that."
She says Justice Ginsburg was an important role model in her life as well and she tries to stand up for people who do not have a voice, just like Ginsburg did.
Both women say this isn't the end for Justice Ginsburg. They say her legacy will carry on through the actions of women and other activists in the future and that they hope to be as influential as her one day.