Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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  • A Legend is Born

    A Legend is Born
    On March 15, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in New York City.
  • Graduation Day!

    On June 23, 1954, Ruth graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. During her time at college, she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, and she met her future husband, Martin Ginsburg. She received her bachelor of art degree.
  • Tying the Knot

    Tying the Knot
    In July of 1954, Ruth married Martin D. Ginsburg. She ended up hyphenating her name to be Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.
  • Harvard Law School

    Harvard Law School
    In the fall of 1956, Ruth enrolled at Harvard Law School. She was one of nine women in her class of approximately 500 men. The Dean of Harvard Law reportedly asked the female law students, including Ginsburg, "Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?" She didn't listen.
  • Professor Bader-Ginsburg

    In 1963, Ruth experienced her first position as a professor. She taught at Rutgers Law School. Ginsburg was paid less than her male colleagues. At the time Ginsburg entered academia, she was one of fewer than 20 female law professors in the United States.
  • Columbia University

    In 1972, Ruth became a professor at Columbia University. She was the first woman to be hired with tenure at Columbia University School of Law.
  • Nomination

    On April 14, 1980, Ruth was nominated by Jimmy Carter for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Her time on the court earned her a reputation as a "cautious jurist". David S. Tatel replaced her after Ginsburg's appointment to the Supreme Court.
  • Thanks Bill

    Thanks Bill
    On June 14, 1993, Bill Clinton nominated Ruth as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She was the first Jewish justice since 1969. Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her career as a justice where she left off as an advocate, fighting for women’s rights.
  • United States v. Virginia

    Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Virginia in 1996. This held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women. Instead of creating sweeping limitations on gender discrimination, she attacked specific violations of women’s rights one at a time, so as to send a message to the legislatures on what they can and cannot do.
  • RIP Martin D. Ginsburg

    RIP Martin D. Ginsburg
    On June 27, 2010, Ruth's husband died of cancer. She described Martin “the only young man I dated who cared that I had a brain.” Despite the pain of the loss, she persisted.
  • My Own Words

    My Own Words
    On October 16, 2016, Ginsburg's first book entitled "My Own Words" was released. The book playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.
  • Survivor

    The Supreme Court announces Ginsburg had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung at a New York hospital. There is no evidence of any remaining disease, nor is there evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. She has been receiving treatment for cancer for years.