Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice passes away Friday Sept. 18 at age 87

Elena Vincenty, Staff Reporter

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, passed away Friday Sept. 18 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old.

Ginsburg’s time in the Supreme Court started with her junior justice seat in 1993 and over the years she worked up to her last title, associate justice. For many years Ginsburg was the only female justice in the Supreme Court until she was later joined by Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. 

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits Wake Forest University. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

Ginsburg was considered part of the Supreme Court’s moderate-liberal bloc and was best known as a “pioneering advocate for women’s rights,” according to The New York Times.

Her most mentioned cases were United States v. Virginia where she wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision and her differing opinion on Bush v. Gore which decided the 2000 presidential election. 

Ginsburg’s fought cancer previously, in 1999 and 2009, but she never missed a day of oral arguments.

“My mother told me to be a lady,” Ginsburg once said. “And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”