The Postal Service celebrated the Ruth Bader Ginsburg stamp release at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, on Oct. 2.
Ginsburg (1933-2020) was the 107th U.S. Supreme Court justice and the second woman on the court. She was a lifelong trailblazer as a woman in a male-dominated field, a law professor, an expert on anti-discrimination and equal protection law, and a judge who was unafraid to dissent from her colleagues in defense of her principles.
“Justice Ginsburg was an iconic figure who dedicated her life to public service and the pursuit of justice,” said Roman Martinez IV, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors, who spoke at the ceremony.
“She was a true pioneer, and it is our honor to celebrate her incredible legacy in this way,” Martinez said. “This stamp serves not just as a tribute but as an inspiration for future generations to uphold the values she fought for.”
Joining Martinez for the ceremony were Chief Justice John Roberts; Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent at National Public Radio; Lori Dym, USPS procurement and property law managing counsel; Elizabeth Glazer, founder of the public safety nonprofit Vital City; and Ginsburg’s granddaughter Clara Spera, a lecturer at Harvard Law School.
Fox 5 DC reporter Tom Fitzgerald served as the emcee. Performers included Jonathan Patton from the Washington National Opera and vocalist Victory Brinker.
Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp with a painting by Michael J. Deas, based on a photograph by Philip Bermingham.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg stamp is available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.