“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”
A new mural celebrating the former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been finished on the Magnificent Mile. The vibrant piece celebrates the legacy of the late great “Notorious RBG” and her relentless fight for women’s rights and gender equality. Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court and the first Jewish woman. She served in office from August 1993 until her death in September 2020.
The piece is found across two panels of the boarded-up windows outside of the Sephora store on 605 North Michigan Avenue. One panel depicts the feminist icon with her signature lace collar painted orange on a floral background while the other part of the mural celebrates Ginsburg’s famous quote “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”
The piece was created by artists and curators Cristina Vanko and Rachel Lechocki who designed the tribute as part of a project organized and funded by Sounding Boards Chicago, a nonprofit unity focused initiative that was born during the Black Lives Matter protests. Co-Founder Christina Brown saw the scores of plywood window coverings as a canvas for social justice murals that support racial and gender equality and an opportunity to amplify the voices of people of color through the power of art.
She seeks to remind people of Ginsburg’s distinguished career and enduring cultural fight.“Right now people are voting for the next American president, and the legacy Ruth Bader Ginsburg left behind will soon be replaced with a candidate that has no intention of upholding everything she stood for. We hope to remind everyone what’s at stake through these artistic expressions.”
Here you can see the mural’s progression: