Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 -2020 has passed away. She was 87.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

She served there until she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, selected to fill the seat vacated by Justice Byron White.

President Clinton wanted a replacement with the intellect and political skills to deal with the more conservative members of the Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings were unusually friendly, despite frustration expressed by some senators over Ginsburg’s evasive answers to hypothetical situations.

Several expressed concerned over how she could transition from social advocate to Supreme Court Justice. In the end, she was easily confirmed by the Senate, 96-3.

As a judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered part of the Supreme Court’s moderate-liberal bloc, presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers, and the separation of church and state.

In 1996, Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Virginia, which held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women. In 1999, she won the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for her contributions to gender equality and civil rights.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation. Read more here

Supreme Court Justices

Justice Date of Birth Appointed by Sworn in
Clarence Thomas 6/23/1948
Age: 72 yr 2 mo
George H. W. Bush 10/23/1991
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Died 9/18/20
3/15/1933
Age: 87 yr 6 mo
Bill Clinton 8/19/1993
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Stephen Breyer 8/15/1938
Age: 82 yr 1 mo
Bill Clinton 8/3/1994
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John G. Roberts 1/27/1955
Age: 65 yr 7 mo
George W. Bush 9/29/2005
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Samuel A. Alito, Jr. 4/1/1950
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George W. Bush 1/31/2006
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Sonia Sotomayor 6/25/1954
Age: 66 yr 2 mo
Barack Obama 8/8/2009
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Elena Kagan 4/28/1960
Age: 60 yr 4 mo
Barack Obama 8/7/2010
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Neil McGill Gorsuch 8/29/1967
Age: 53 yr 0 mo
Donald John Trump 4/10/2017
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Brett Michael Kavanaugh 2/12/1965
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Donald John Trump 10/6/2018
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