Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, Dead at 87

(NewsReady) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Supreme Court Justice, has died at age 87.

Justice Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., on Fri., Sept. 18, 2020, due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts in a statement on behalf of the Supreme Court. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.

“Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her: a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to serve as a member of the Court. During her more than 27-year tenure on the Court, Justice Ginsburg became well-known for her championing of civil rights, particularly for minority and womens’ interests.

She served as a Judge and Justice for more than four decades. Justice Ginsburg helped launch the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1971. In addition, she served as the ACLU’s General Counsel and on the National Board of Directors. In 1980, she was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Appeals as a Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Justice Ginsburg continued to serve on the Court in spite of numerous illnesses and health challenges. These included five battles with cancer, injuries, major surgeries and a number of hospitalizations over the past 21 years.

She is survived by two children, Jane Carol Ginsburg and James Steven Ginsburg, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg, died in 2010.

A private memorial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

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