Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, has died at the age of 87. The cause was complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was known as being a pioneering advocate for the rights of women and gender equality.

This was not her first battle with cancer. Justice Ginsburg had beaten colon cancer in 1999 and early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009. In December 2018, two small tumors were found in one of her lungs. She underwent surgery and treatment.

Ginsburg earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University. She was married and became a mother before attending law school at Harvard University. She ended up transferring to Columbia Law School and graduated top of her class. She worked in academia as a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and husband, Martin Ginsburg. Photo Credit: Collection of Supreme Court)

Ginsburg spent a large part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. She won several arguments before the Supreme Court. Along with this, she volunteered her services as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She would serve on this court until her appointment in 1993 to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton.

Justice Ginsburg had beaten colon cancer in 1999 and early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009. In December 2018, two small tumors were found in one of her lungs. She underwent surgery and treatment.

She was nicknamed Notorious R.B.G., a play on the name of the Notorious B.I.G., the rapper. Both were Brooklyn, NY natives. The name was given due to some of the memorable opinions, especially on topics of gender discrimination.

Ginsburg’s death has already created a political firestorm. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has already released a statement saying the Senate will vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Doing this will offer President Donald Trump the chance to fill the third vacancy on the court and seal in its conservative majority.

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