Today, the world lost a champion of the law and a fighter for equality. Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg not only helped shape the highest court in the land during her time on the bench, but shattered gender barriers, both professionally and personally, as she became a role model for young women everywhere. She was a force of nature – someone who made history with her opinions as well as her fiery dissents. I had a special affinity for Judge Ginsburg because she and I both studied at Lund University in Sweden. She conducted research and took part in a comparative project at Lund University in the early 1960s and subsequently published the book “Civil Procedure in Sweden” together with judge Anders Bruzelius. She was someone who made her mark everywhere she went, and the world is quite simply a better place because she was in it. Today is a sad day, but thanks to her tireless efforts to promote women’s rights, civil rights and LGBTQ rights, our country has moved forward. There is still much to accomplish, and all of us in elected office stand on her shoulders as we work to complete her unfinished work.