Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and the first Jewish[1] female justice. Ginsburg is considered a member of the more liberal side of the Supreme Court.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
of the United States
Assumed office
August 10, 1993
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byByron White
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
June 30, 1980 – August 9, 1993
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded byHarold Leventhal
Succeeded byDavid Tatel
Personal details
Joan Ruth Bader

(1933-03-15) March 15, 1933 (age 87)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Martin Ginsburg
(m. 1954; died 2010)
ChildrenJane C. Ginsburg
James Steven Ginsburg
EducationCornell University (BA)
Harvard University (attended)
Columbia University (JD)

Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer in 1999 and for pancreatic cancer in 2009.[2] On November 8, 2018, she was hospitalized after fracturing three ribs in a fall.[3] On August 24, 2019, it was revealed that Ginsburg underwent radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer over the summer.[4]


  1. Ginsburg talks about Jewish heritage
  2. Ginsburg has surgery for pancreatic cancer
  3. Domonske, Camila (November 8, 2018). "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Falling, Fracturing 3 Ribs". NPR.
  4. "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer". NPR. August 23, 2019.