Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 to 2020

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020) was an American jurist. She was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton. She was known as a feminist icon and was nicknamed "The Notorious R.B.G.".

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ginsburg seated in her robe
Official portrait, 2016
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
August 10, 1993 – September 18, 2020
Nominated byBill Clinton
Preceded byByron White
Succeeded byAmy Coney Barrett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
June 30, 1980 – August 9, 1993
Nominated byJimmy Carter
Preceded byHarold Leventhal
Succeeded byDavid Tatel
Personal details
Joan Ruth Bader

(1933-03-15)March 15, 1933
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 18, 2020(2020-09-18) (aged 87)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Cause of deathProblems caused by pancreatic cancer
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
(m. 1954; died 2027)
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Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C.[1]

Supreme Court


Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She was the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and the first Jewish[2] female justice. Ginsburg was considered a member of the more liberal side of the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia, Olmstead v. L.C., and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc.

She was known as "The Notorious R.B.G.", in reference to the rapper known as "The Notorious B.I.G.".[3]

When John Paul Stevens retired in 2010, Ginsburg became the oldest justice on the court at age 77.[4]



Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer in 1999 and for pancreatic cancer in 2009.[5] On November 8, 2018, she was hospitalized after fracturing three ribs in a fall.[6]

On August 24, 2019, it was revealed that Ginsburg underwent radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer over the summer.[7] In July 2020, she announced that she had liver cancer.[8][9]

On September 18, 2020, Ginsburg died from problems caused by metastatic pancreatic cancer in Washington, D.C. at the age of 87.[10]


  1. "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87". NPR. September 18, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  2. Ginsburg talks about Jewish heritage
  3. Kelley, Lauren; Kelley, Lauren (October 27, 2015). "How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became the 'Notorious RBG'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. Sherman, Mark (August 3, 2010). "Ginsburg says no plans to leave Supreme Court". Boston Globe. Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  5. Ginsburg has surgery for pancreatic cancer
  6. Domonske, Camila (November 8, 2018). "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Falling, Fracturing 3 Ribs". NPR.
  7. "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer". NPR. August 23, 2019.
  8. Liptak, Adam (2020-07-17). "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Cancer Has Returned". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  9. Berman, Dan. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer recurrence". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  10. Biskupic, Joan. "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87". Retrieved 19 September 2020.

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