Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020

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Born on March 15, 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Cornell University, graduating at the top of her class in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. She later attended Harvard Law School and transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated first in her class with a law degree.

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From 1963 to 1980, Ginsburg was a professor at Rutgers University as well as Columbia University School of Law, where she was the first tenured woman hired.

August 10, 1993

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton, becoming only the second female Supreme Court Justice to serve.

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Ginsburg was known for her stances on many human's rights issues, specifically women's rights. She fought against gender-discrimination in all senses, and became a prominent member of the Supreme Court, whom former president Barack Obama admits was “one of [his] favorites”.

United States v. Virginia

In one of her most widely known cases, Ginsburg voted with the majority against the State of Virginia, which held a long-standing admission policy of the Virginia Military Institute that allowed only males to attend, disallowing women any acceptance into the higher learning institute.

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Throughout her time as Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg was involved in many important issues and hearings. Such examples include: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.—wherein an employee sued the cooperation for incomperable payment compared to her male counterparts, her dissent of the 2014 ruling that certain non-for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for contraception for their employees, and Obergefell v. Hodge, where she voted with the majority and ruled that the fundamental rights of marriage of same-sex couples is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Even through her long-going battles with many forms of cancers, Justice Ginsburg was absent from the bench during arguments on only one occasion following an operation for lung cancer.

October 5, 2002

Ginsburg was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

August 9, 2010

Ginsburg received the ABA Medal, the highest honor of the American Bar Association.

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October 23, 2019

Ginsburg won the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture

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August 26, 2020

Ginsburg was selected as the recipient for the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal for her efforts in advancement of equality and liberty.

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September 18, 2020

After battling many forms of cancer throughout her lifetime, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in her home in Washington D.C. due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. It is said that Ginsburg passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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