Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Notorious RBG, spent her life fighting for women’s rights. Her impact and legacy will live on. Zikhronah livrakha, may her memory be a blessing.
She graduated top of her class from Columbia Law School after attending Cornell University undergraduate.
Ginsburg was the first person to be on both Harvard and Columbia law reviews. She was the second female law professor at Rutgers, and during her time there, she fought for equal pay.
She co-founded Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal focused on women’s rights. She also co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU.
RBG became the first tenured professor of law at Columbia University.
Of the 6 landmark cases she brought before the Supreme Court, she won 5.
RBG was the first Jewish female Supreme Court Justice, appointed by President Clinton in 1993. She was one of only 4 female justices in United States history.
She became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage in 2013.
She was one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 8 years in a row (2004-2011).
Her landmark cases:
United States v. Virginia (1996): RBG wrote the majority opinion that struck down Virginia Military Institute’s male-only admission. This case effectively struck down any law that denied equal opportunity to women.
United States v. O’Hagan (1997): RBG wrote that “a person who trades in securities for personal profit, using confidential information misappropriated in breach of a fiduciary duty to the source of the information” can be tried for violating Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
Olmstead v. L.C. (1999): RBG stated that states under the Americans for Disabilities Act “are required to place persons with mental disabilities in community settings rather than in institutions when the State’s treatment professionals have determined that community placement is appropriate, the transfer from institutional care to a less restrictive setting is not opposed by the affected individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with mental disabilities.”
Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services (2000): RBG said that residents in the area of the North Tyger River in South Carolina had the right to sue Laidlaw Environmental Services based on the fact that pollution from the organization prevented them from using the waterway for recreation.
Timbs v. Indiana (2019): RBG wrote that the Eighth Amendment ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, not just the federal government.
Timeline of health issues:
February 2009: Surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer
March 2009: Announces chemotherapy treatment plan
November 2014: Undergoes heart surgery for a stent in right coronary artery
November 2018: Observed overnight at hospital for 3 fractured ribs (fell at Supreme Court Office)
December 2018: Announced that 2 cancerous nodules were removed from left lung; no signs of disease following treatment
August 2019: Treated for pancreatic cancer in New York; no signs of disease following treatment
November 2019: Admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital with fever and chills
May 2020: Nonsurgical treatment on gallblader; benign condition
July 2020: Treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for possible infection
July 2020: Announces that her cancer had returned; had been undergoing chemotherapy since May
July 2020: Undergoes non-invasive procedure to replace bile duct stent
September 18th, 2020: RGB passes away in her home at the age of 87. It was announced that she died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
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