She graduated from Columbia Law School and became a staunch courtroom advocate. She also worked in the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. She was then appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court (1980). Later she was appointed by Bill Clinton to the supreme court in 1993.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Early Life, Parents
She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was the second daughter of Nathan and Celia Bader. Her father was a Jewish emigrant. Ruth grew up in a low-income, middle-class neighborhood. Her mother was her inspiration and she taught her the value of independence and made sure she gets the best education. Ginsburg was a hard-working student and showed excellence in his studies. Sadly, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she struggled throughout Ginsburg’s high school years. Her mother died before Ginsburg’s graduation.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Education Details
Ruth earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell’s University (1954). In the same year, she married Martin D. Ginsburg, who was a law student.
Their early years of marriage were a bit challenging as their first child, Jane, was born and it was shortly after Martin was selected into the military 1954. He served their two years and later when he came back, they decided to return to Harvard and their Ginsburg also got enrolled.
During her years as a law student, Ruth not only worked as a lawyer, but also a mother. She also developed male dominating attitude as their were very less girls in their class as compared to boys. Even after all these struggles, she became the first woman to be the part of Prestigious Harvard Law Review.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg With Sick Husband
In 1956, another challenge struck Ruth’s life as her husband Martin was diagnosed with testicular cancer and needed intensive care and rehabilitation. Ginsburg attended had to look after her young daughter and take care of her husband but she still continued her law studies, and refused to give up. Martin later recovered and Ruth received her law degree. She was offered a law firm position in New York, which she accepted.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Career Details
Ginsburg graduated in 1959, and despite her excellent academic record, Ginsburg continued to encounter gender discrimination while searching employment.
President Carter in 1980, appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia). She served there for many years, but left that position when she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton. She replaced Justice Byron White.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings were friendly and despite frustration expressed by senators. In the end, she was easily confirmed by the Senate, 96-3. In 1999 she won American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for her work towards gender equality and civil rights.
Tragedy Befalling Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In 2010, Ruth lost the love of her life, her husband. They shared the long-lasting love for 5 6 years, and only death could part them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Children
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had two children, Jane C. Ginsburg (daughter) and James Steven Ginsburg (son). Jane C. Ginsburg is an American Attorney. Her son is American music producer.
Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg A Feminist?
She was named as “Feminist Icon” and she did a lot for women and civil rights. She had been targeted by gender discrimination, and knew the struggles of women in this world ruled by men. She was the daughter of Jewish immigrants, and struggled against sexism for many years of her life. She was the top of her class Columbia and still received no job offers. Once she gave a statement: “
Struck out on three grounds: I was Jewish, a woman and a mother
Her death caused many to mourn, and she was respectfully buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Since her death, memorials have been set outside the Supreme Court, and flowers, photographs, candles are setting up the line.