The Queen has been awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award, in its second year.
The award was given to The Queen for her lifelong commitment to the people of the Commonwealth and her leadership throughout the nearly seven decades of her reign. Her Majesty celebrates her historic Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States, Dame Karen Pierce, accepted the award on behalf of The Queen.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recognised as a trailblazer for women in the American legal field. She was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and in her lawyer days, spent much of her career as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award is presented annually by The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation to a woman who has dedicated her life to public service and creating a positive change in society.
The award ‘underscores the importance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a role model for all women in leadership. The honouree, the Foundation explains, will be ‘an outstanding woman with a record of accomplishment that has resulted in the betterment of society’ and will have ‘demonstrated exceptional passion, determination and leadership in [any] field over an extended period’.
In a letter to the Monarch, President Biden congratulated The Queen and said: “This award is a testament to your lifetime of leadership and unflinching devotion to serving the people of the Commonwealth.
“Your strength and integrity through an era of unprecedented global challenges have set an example for the world that will continue to inspire leaders for generations to come.”
President Biden met The Queen earlier this year at Windsor Castle.
“It is a great honour and privilege to accept this award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen,” Ambassador Pierce said. “The award commemorates the lasting legacy and inspiring commitment of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her Majesty The Queen’s unwavering dedication and public service is an inspiration felt around the world.”
Speaking about the award, Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, said: “Your Majesty’s reign has exemplified devotion to service and to the rule of law. It has inspired a great many others around the world to give of themselves for the broader good.”
The Chief Justice added: “Your Majesty and my late colleague, Justice Ginsburg, personified those virtues in different arenas, to be sure, but with the same extraordinary level of commitment and, indeed, courage.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that for The Queen’s impressive 69-year reign has ’embodied the highest virtues of service, dignity and grace’ with her ‘lifelong commitment to civic duty has earned the reverence of your people—and indeed the world—while inspiring countless young women and girls.’
Speaker Pelosi continued: “Your being honoured with this award gives lustre to it, as it honours the life and legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering and iconic leader who embodied justice, brilliance and goodness.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy congratulated Her Majesty for being awarded as ‘the most deserving woman of leadership of our time.’