Portrait: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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Chief Justice William Rehnquist swearing in Ginsburg as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as her husband Martin Ginsburg and President Clinton watch © U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Ralph Alswang

Chief Justice William Rehnquist swearing in Ginsburg as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as her husband Martin Ginsburg and President Clinton watch © U.S. National Archives and Records Administration – Ralph Alswang

Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American jurist who was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor. During her tenure Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000). Between O’Connor’s retirement in 2006 and appointment of Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents.

Ginsburg was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and married Martin D. Ginsburg, becoming a mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class. Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated joint first in her class. After law school, Ginsburg entered academia. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

Announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Nominee for Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House © U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Sharon Farmer Chief Justice William Rehnquist swearing in Ginsburg as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as her husband Martin Ginsburg and President Clinton watch © U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Ralph Alswang Ginsburg speaks at Bill of Rights Day Naturalization Ceremony in 2018 © U.S. National Archives - Jeff Reed Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016 © Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2006 © Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States - Steve Petteway Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Barack Obama and Elena Kagan in the White House's Blue Room in 2010 © The White House - Pete Souza 'The Notorious R.B.G.' poster at 2018 Women's March in Missoula, Montana © Montanasuffragettes/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Chief Justice William Rehnquist swearing in Ginsburg as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as her husband Martin Ginsburg and President Clinton watch © U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Ralph Alswang
Ginsburg spent much of her legal career as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights, winning many arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents. She was playfully and notably dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.” by a law student, a reference to the late Brooklyn-born rapper The Notorious B.I.G., and she later embraced the moniker.

Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2020, at the age of 87, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. There are not many people on the planet who, at the end of their lives, can say that they have had a positive impact on much and many. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was such an outstanding person.

Read more on NPR, 18 September 2020: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87, The New York Times, 18 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87, The Wall Street Journal, 18 September 2020: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Liberal Voice on Supreme Court, Dies at 87, Los Angeles Times, 18 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberal giant of the Supreme Court, dies, Politico.com, 18 September 2020: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87, DW, 18 September 2020: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of women’s rights, CNN, 19 September 2020: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87, BBC, 19 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justice dies, The Washington Post, 19 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and legal pioneer for gender equality, dies at 87, The Guardian, 19 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice, dies aged 87, Politico.eu, 19 September 2020: European leaders pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NPR, 19 September 2020: Ginsburg’s Death Is A Major Cultural Moment That’s About To Upend Politics Again, Politico.com, 19 September 2020: Ginsburg left a long environmental legacy, DW, 19 September 2020: Opinion: No decency or respect, The New York Times, 19 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy, NPR, 19 September 2020: In RBG’s Own Words: Listen To 5 NPR Interviews With The Liberal Icon, The New York Times, 19 September 2020: Ginsburg’s Rise to the Supreme Court, in Photos, Politico.com, 19 September 2020: Ginsburg’s death just blew up the 2020 campaign, The Washington Post, 19 September 2020: Ginsburg’s death crystallizes the choice in November as no other issue can, France24, 19 September 2020: Hundreds gather outside US Supreme Court to mourn ‘RBG’, NPR, 19 September 2020: Justices Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘A Jurist Of Historic Stature’, Politico.com, 19 September 2020: How RBG’s death will impact hot-button issues before the Supreme Court, NPR, 19 September 2020: A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call, BBC, 19 September 2020: Obituary: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered, The Atlantic, 19 September 2020: RBG’s Life, in Her Own Words, CNN, 19 September 2020: The bittersweet beauty of RBG’s passing on Rosh Hashanah, France24, 19 September 2020: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies from pancreatic cancer, age 87, CNN, 19 September 2020: How Ginsburg made the law fairer for every woman, BBC, 19 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘Inspiring, revolutionary, a fighter’, Haaretz, 20 September 2020: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Larger Than Life, but Her Death Could Prove More Momentous, NPR, 26 September 2020: Photos: Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Wikipedia Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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