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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is ...


Born 15 March 1933 in Brooklyn
Died 18 September 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Age 87 years, 6 months
Cause pancreatic cancer

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Joan Ruth Bader
Manner of death natural causes
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Martin D. Ginsburg
Child Jane C. Ginsburg and James Steven Ginsburg
Occupation judge and lawyer
Net worth $4,000,000
Position held Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Awards Brandeis Medal, National Women's Hall of Fame, honorary doctor of the Ohio State University, AAAS Fellow, honorary doctor of Harvard University, Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Time 100, honorary doctor of the Princeton University, Four Freedoms Award - Freedom Medal, Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Golden Plate Award, Genesis Prize, Margaret Brent Award, Berggruen Philosophy Prize, honorary doctorate of Lund University and honorary doctor of the Willamette University
Influenced by Dorothy Kenyon
Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at Cornell University, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and James Madison High School

About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, Ginsburg grew up in a time when women were expected to be homemakers and not pursue careers. However, she defied societal norms and went on to become one of the most influential legal minds of our time.

Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University in 1954, where she met her future husband, Martin Ginsburg. She then attended Harvard Law School, where she was one of only nine women in a class of over 500. Despite facing discrimination and sexism, Ginsburg excelled academically and transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated first in her class in 1959.

After law school, Ginsburg struggled to find employment due to her gender. She eventually landed a clerkship with Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as a research associate and associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, where she co-authored a book on Swedish civil procedure.

In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she fought for gender equality in the courts. She argued six landmark cases before the Supreme Court, winning five of them. Her victories included Reed v. Reed, which struck down a law that favored men over women in estate administration, and United States v. Virginia, which forced the Virginia Military Institute to admit women.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, where she became the second woman to serve on the high court. She has been a champion of women's rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights during her tenure. She has also been a strong advocate for judicial independence and the rule of law.

Ginsburg has faced numerous health challenges in recent years, including multiple bouts of cancer. However, she has remained committed to her work on the Supreme Court, often working from home during her recovery periods.

Ginsburg's impact on American law and society cannot be overstated. She has inspired generations of women and men to fight for justice and equality. Her legacy will continue to shape the legal landscape for years to come.


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About Death

Ginsburg died from complications of pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020, at age 87. She died on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, and according to Rabbi Richard Jacobs, "One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah suggest that very righteous people would die at the very end of the year because they were needed until the very end". After the announcement of her death, thousands of people gathered in front of the Supreme Court building to lay flowers, light candles, and leave messages.

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