On Sept. 18, 2020, the country suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was 87 at the time of her passing. Ginsburg will be remembered and truly missed as someone who paved the way for women and girls for centuries to come. She gave women the inspiration to never be afraid to speak your mind and fight for what you believe in. Here are 20 joyful facts about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
1. In 1993, President Bill Clinton picked Ginsburg to become the second woman ever on the U.S. Supreme Court. After Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor retired in 2006, Ginsburg served the court alone until Sonia Sotomayor joined her in 2009, with Elena Kagan joining later in 2010. Both ladies were liberals as well.
2. She attended Cornell University and Harvard Law School before receiving a degree in law from Columbia University. However, after graduation, no law firms decided to hire her.
3. Ginsburg won five cases involving women’s rights while in a private practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her strategy was to “attack the most pervasive stereotype in the law - that men are independent and women are men’s dependents.”
4. She gained a reputation as a tough questioner and surfaced as part of the liberal faction, with little lenience for sexual discrimination.
5. Over the years, she became known as “Notorious RBG.”
6. She was a professor at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963-1972.
7. She had a successful surgery for colon cancer in September 1999.
8. She launched American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Women's Rights Project.
9. In 2011, President Barack Obama singled out Ginsburg at a White House ceremony. "She's one of my favorites," he said, "I've got a soft spot for Justice Ginsburg."
10. Between 1959 and 1961, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri.
11. She learned to balance life as a mother and a law student. She also encountered a very male-dominated environment, with only eight other females in her class of more than 500.
12. She was the first female tenured professor at Rutger's.
13. Despite her reputation for controlled writing, she gathered considerable attention for her rebellious opinion in the case of Bush v. Gore, which effectively decided the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Objecting to the court's majority opinion favoring Bush, Ginsburg purposely concluded her decision with the words, "I dissent," instead of traditionally including the adverb "respectfully."
14. The issue of her staying in power largely was an issue when Justice Kennedy, who often sided with the court's liberal bloc, announced he was stepping down at the end of July, though Ginsburg, at that time, revealed that she hoped to stick around for at least five more years.
15. In her 2016 best seller, My Own Words, Ginsburg’s writing dated as far back as her junior high school years.
16. Ginsburg appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018 to attend the premiere of the documentary touching on the #MeToo movement.
17. In an interview with Poppy Harlow at Columbia University in February, Ginsburg expanded on her thoughts regarding #MeToo, stating its "staying power" would enable it to survive a criticism.
18. In April 2018, Ginsburg gained another career milestone by assigning a majority opinion for the first time in her 25 years with the court. The ruling for Sessions v. Dimaya, which drew attention for Neil Gorsuch's decision to vote with his liberal colleagues, struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allowed the deportation of any foreign national convicted of a "crime of violence."
19. Ginsburg was laid in repose in the Capitol on Sept. 25, 2020; she was the first woman and second Supreme Court Justice to have this honor. She was also laid in repose at the Supreme Court on Sept. 23 and 24, 2020.
20. Ginsburg was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Sept. 29, 2020.