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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

  • Kayla Koslosky Former Editor
  • Updated Sep 18, 2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday night in her Washington D.C. home. She was 87 years old.

According to an announcement from the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s death was caused by complications from her metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said regarding Ginsburg’s passing. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her – a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

According to the Associated Press, in July, Ginsburg announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver. This was her fifth battle with cancer since 1999.

Ginsburg was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Cornell University in 1954. That same year, she married her husband, Martin. In 1959, Ginsburg graduated at the top of her class from Columbia University law school. She went on to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri before becoming a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure from 1961–1963. Ginsburg then served as a professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980. In 1980, she was appointed as Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Then, in 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg became an icon among many liberal feminists. In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion ordering the Virginia Military Institute to allow women into the school. Ginsburg was also a vocal pro-abortion advocate, fought for voting rights and was an advocate for equal pay for women.

Ginsburg’s husband, Martin, died in 2010. She is survived by her two children, Jane and James, and several grandchildren.

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Kayla Koslosky is the former Editor of She has B.A. degrees in English and History and previously wrote for and was the managing editor of the Yellow Jacket newspaper. She has also contributed to and