US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of Cancer, at the age of 87. She passed away at her home in Washington on Friday, September 18, after fighting a year-long battle against Pancreatic Cancer.
Interestingly, before her death, she had expressed her last wish – that she shall not be replaced in the Supreme Court until a new President takes charge. The US Presidential election is set to take place in less than seven weeks. Whether the incumbent President, Donald Trump, will respect her wishes or if he will appoint another Supreme Court Justice before the elections results are out, is yet to be seen.
A champion in every way
Popularly known as RBG, she was the second woman ever to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor .
A champion for minority rights and women’s rights, she was regarded as the leader of the liberal wing at the Supreme Court. It was then-President Bill Clinton who nominated her to the Supreme Court for the first time, in 1993.
She was an alumnus of three Ivy League universities – Columbia University, Harvard University, and Cornell University. In fact, she was one among the only nine women in a class of 500, when she enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1956 as a mother of an infant. She later went on to teach at Columbia Law School as well as Rutgers Law School.
In the early 1970s, RBG became the Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, where she litigated cases for gender equality. She won five out of the six cases she had brought before the Supreme Court.
Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, she was married to lawyer and academician Martin Ginsburg, who passed away in 2010. The couple is survived by a son and a daughter.