Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at Age 87 | 22 Words

The tragic news has just come in that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of eighty-seven.

Keep on reading to learn more about her life and this terrible tragedy...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away...

via: Getty

She was eighty-seven-years-old.

Born in New York in 1933...

via: Getty

Ginsberg was brought up in a life filled with tragedy.

Her big sister died when she was just a baby...

And her mom, who was her biggest source of encouragement when she was growing up, died when she was in high school.

But regardless of these heartaches...

Ginsberg went on to earn her bachelor's degree at Cornell University and she became a wife and mother before enrolling at Harvard Law School.

She later transferred to Columbia Law School...

via: Getty

And after her graduation, she turned to academia. Ginsburg was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

But this doesn't mean life was smooth sailing for the young woman...

She faced a lot of rejection in law due to her gender and the fact that not many women worked in the field at the time.

But in 1970, she co-founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter...

via: Getty

And this was the first law journal in the US to focus exclusively on women's rights.

In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

via: Getty

She was the project's general counsel in 1973. The Women's Rights Project and related ACLU projects participated in over 300 gender discrimination cases by 1974.

As the director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, she argued 6 gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court between 1973 and 1976...

She won 5 of these cases, and rather than asking the court to end all gender discrimination at once, Ginsburg charted a strategic course - taking aim at specific discriminatory statutes and building on each successive victory.

Legal scholars and advocates credit Ginsburg's body of work with making significant legal advances for women under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution...

via: Getty

And taken together, Ginsburg's legal victories discouraged legislatures from treating women and men differently under the law.

In 1980, Ginsburg was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

She was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 18, 1980, and received her commission later that day. Her service terminated on August 9, 1993, however, due to her elevation to the United States Supreme Court.

President Bill Clinton then nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1993...

via: Getty

Clinton was reportedly looking to increase the court's diversity, which Ginsburg did as the first Jewish justice since the 1969 resignation of Justice Abe Fortas. She was the second-ever female justice and the first Jewish female justice.

She worked tirelessly for the rights of women during her career...

And she famously spoke out about the subject of abortion in 2009, saying that "the government has no business making that choice for a woman."

Over the following years, she earned herself the nickname "The Notorious R.B.G"...

via: Getty

This was in reference to the rapper, The Notorious B.I.G, and this was also due to her firey liberal dissents and her refusals to step down.

In more recent times, Ginsburg became a published author.

via: Getty

Her first book, My Own Words, was published in 2016 and it quickly debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover nonfiction at No. 12.

Ginsburg was also an avid supporter of the #MeTooMovement...

via: Getty

And reflected on her own experiences with gender discrimination and sexual harassment, including a time when a chemistry professor at Cornell unsuccessfully attempted to trade her exam answers for sex.

But earlier this month, Ginsburg was admitted to hospital after contracting an infection...

via: Getty

And her admirable life today tragically came to an end.

The tragic news...

via: Getty

According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court announced that the Associate Justice passed today of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Rest in Peace, Ruth.

via: Getty

Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family during this difficult time.