The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Texas leaders react to death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was a top student in the public schools she attended and excelled in all her classes. At 17, she went to Cornell University on a full scholarship where she met Martin D. Ginsburg, her future husband.

Getting Into Law

After taking the civil exam and scoring highly, she only managed to get the job of a typist. Bader lost her job as soon as they found out she was pregnant. Two years later, Bader and David moved back to New York to attend Harvard Law school. Dealing with her husband's testicular cancer, her three year old, and school, she transferred to Columbia and graduated top of her class. Even though she was recommended for Supreme Court clerkship, she did not get an interview. Law firm’s doors were closed for women, but that did not stop Bader.

Fighting for position 

Ginsburg finally got a clerkship in New York from 1959 to 1961. After this and going through the Columbian program, she landed a teaching job at Rutgers Law school in 1963. There, Ginsburg began the fight for equality. Successfully hiding her pregnancy, she began taking cases that negatively affected both genders because of women discriminitation. One of the cases she took on included a man that wanted a tax deduction to take care of his mother. This was only available to women and the man had never married. She was beginning to earn a reputation and became the first woman to become a professor at Columbia Law School. Ginsburg became the founder of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and continued taking on cases. She finally gets appointed to the Supreme Court in 1933. 

Life in Court

In court, Ginsburg continued to fight for women's rights and equality. Even after being diagnosed with over five types of cancer, she continued to work in court. After her husband passed, she was seen in court the next day and continued to serve from then. She continued to fight in the Supreme Court up until her death.


Ginsburg became a champion of justice, fighting for women's rights and equality for all. She opened a door of opportunities for women to achieve what they wanted without facing discrimination. She was an supportor of LGBTQ rights and joined major decisions concerning rights. Her death is going to be a big political face off and the minority might have a chance to take part in this. One of Bader’s dying wishes was to have her seat be filled after the election. This way, people will have the chance to have a say in who they want to fill the seat. It has been said that Donald Trump has confirmed who he has selected nominees to fill in the place of Ginsburg. Trump introduced one nominee to be Judge Barrett, a former law professor who now sits on a federal appeals court in Chicago and is a favorite of anti-abortion activists. Although the other candidate is unknown The Judiciary Committee has set up a hearing for Oct. 12, mostly to figure out when they will have the vote.      

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at  87 - SCOTUSblog