Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Isha Raj, Journalist

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a one of the judges on the Supreme Court. She tragically died on September 18, 2020, next to her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was, and still is, a role model to many people. At the age of 87, Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped a lot of people through her life. Her life consisted of people underestimating her, and discriminating against her gender. Even through all this she accomplished so much.

Ruth was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933. Her father, Nathan Bader, was a furrier(a person who prepares or deals in furs) in the Great Depression, and her mother, Celia Bader worked in a garment factory. She received her B.A. from Cornell University. She then attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. From 1959-1961, she served as a law clerk to Judge Edmund Louis Palmieri of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After her clerkship, she became associate director of a comparative law project sponsored by Columbia University. This required her to study the Swedish legal system.

In 1963, Ginsburg was hired by Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. Then in 1972, she became part of the faculty in Columbia Law School. There, she taught until 1980, and became its first female tenured professor. In 1971, she played a key role in starting the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s(American Civil Liberties Union). She served as the American Civil Liberties Union’s general counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. In 1980, she was appointed as a Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, by President Jimmy Carter. She served more than 40 years as a Judge and as a Justice, and was served by 159 law clerks.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was selected to take the seat that was once vacated by Byron White. At the time she was the second woman appointed to the Court, and served for more than 27 years. While part of the Supreme Court, she would argue for gender equality. One major example is the case, United States v. Virginia. Sadly on June 27, 2010 Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband and father to her 2 children, died of cancer. They were married for 56 years, and had a daughter, Jane, and a son, James.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, is, and should be an inspiration to everyone. She was faced with so many challenges, such as discrimination, and she still became one of the most influential people in the Justice System. She has movies, and documentaries on her life. One of the most famous being ‘On the Basis of Sex’. Her death in September broke the hearts of many people across the world. But she will always be remembered and loved, as the one the most inspiring women in the United States, if not the world.