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…
She was eighty-seven-years-old.
Ginsberg was brought up in a life filled with tragedy.
And her mom, who was her biggest source of encouragement when she was growing up, died when she was in high school.
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.
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.
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…
And this was the first law journal in the US to focus exclusively on women’s rights.
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.
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.
And taken together, Ginsburg’s legal victories discouraged legislatures from treating women and men differently under the law.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
And her admirable life today tragically came to an end.
According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court announced that the Associate Justice passed today of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family during this difficult time.