Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Legacy
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court. She passed away on September 18, 2020, due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was one of the most influential women in Washington DC, and she will continue to be an inspiration to women everywhere.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. Ginsburg's mother was extremely inspirational to her, teaching her to be independent and how valuable an education is. Throughout Ginsburg’s educational career, she worked hard and proved to be an amazing student.
In 1954, Ginsburg received her bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University. She got married that year to Martin D. Ginsburg. They had a daughter named Jane, but Martin was soon drafted into the military in 1954. He was away for two years, then he came back to Harvard where Ginsburg was already enrolled.
It was difficult for Ginsburg to balance her life as a student and a new mother, especially with her classes being mostly male-dominated. It wasn’t a welcoming environment, as it was not the norm for women to be in those kinds of majors.
In 1956, her husband contracted testicular cancer. On top of her own studies and taking care of her daughter, she took notes for her husband’s class. Her husband later worked at a law firm in New York. Ginsburg continued her studies so that she could join her husband in New York. While looking for a job she faced discrimination just for being a woman.
From 1959-1961 Ginsburg worked as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri. After that, she taught at Rutgers University Law School from 1963-1972. During the 70’s she worked on the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union where she fought on many landmark cases for women’s rights.
In 1980, Ginsburg was appointed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by President Jimmy Carter. She served there until she was appointed on the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She was confirmed 96-3 by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During her time on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg continuously fought for women’s rights. In the case of The United States v. Virginia Ginsburg fought so that women could enter the military too if they wanted.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an influential woman who always stood up for what she believed in. She always fought so that women could get equal rights. She is the reason that women have come so far today. If it weren’t for her, things would be a lot different. The Supreme Court will not be the same without her.