U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death at age 87 Friday left many saddened worldwide. Ginsburg never stopped working toward justice for women and families through decades of public service.

Her quiet, calm demeanor paired with a sharp intellect and broad understanding of the law drew respect from admirers across the political spectrum. While the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative, rarely agreed with her in court, the two were friends and attended the opera together. They exemplified what is possible in a civil country with true leaders.