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Justices Ginsburg, O'Connor could be honored with Capitol statues

The Capitol has 14 statues of women alongside 252 of men.
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Nov. 30, 2018.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Nov. 30, 2018.Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images file

Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor would be honored with statues at the U.S. Capitol if an effort spearheaded by a bipartisan group of female senators is successful.

O'Connor, a conservative, and Ginsburg, a liberal, were the first and second female justices, respectively. Ginsburg rose to the level of icon status for many feminists before she died last year.

The Capitol displays 14 statues of women alongside 252 of men, according to a statement announcing the new legislation.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., introduced the legislation Thursday, joined by 17 co-sponsors, including several male senators.

"The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of Democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard," Klobuchar said. "It is only fitting that we honor their remarkable lives and service to our country by establishing statues in the Capitol."

Other senators highlighted the legacy of the two justices in equal citizenship rights and the legal profession.

"Their leadership has made a difference for women and families for generations to come," Murkowski said.

Members of the Democratic Women's Caucus and the Bipartisan Women's Caucus also introduced a version of the bill In the House on Thursday.

The Bipartisan Women's Caucus said in statement that statues of Ginsburg and O'Connor in the Capitol would serve as "reminder that a woman's place is everywhere," adding that it owes the justices "a huge debt of gratitude."