Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Emma Ortiz, Layout Editor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or RGB, was considered a champion of gender equality. She passed away in her home in Washington on September 18th, 2020.

Education and Early Career

RGB was a student at Cornell University in New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Two years after graduating, she attended Harvard Law school where she was only 1 of 9 women in her class of about 500 men. After her husband moved to New York City, she transferred to Columbia Law School. This made her the first woman to be on two major law reviews. In 1959, she earned a law degree and tied first in her class in Columbia. 

It was extremely difficult for Ruth to find a job when she was starting to look for one. She was threatened for being a woman pursuing a career in law. She began her clerkship for Judge Palmieri and held that position for 2 years. 


In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Right Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. She became the project’s general council. She then served 27 years on the nation’s highest court. RGB was one of the greatest role models for women all over America. When she was just starting out, women legally did not have the same rights as men did, but Ginsburg managed to start a revelation for women. After 27 years, the impact Ginsburg had made for equality was indescribable. 

We will never forget the legacy Ginsburg left for herself. She advocated for women and gave them rights that they wouldn’t have today.