Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The highly respected Supreme Court judge died at the age of 87 after a hard-fought health battle.
4:35 | 09/19/20

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us in just a few minutes but our team coverage begins here with our national correspondent Terry Moran at the supreme court with a look back at justice Ginsburg's life and legacy. Terry, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. What a life it was, what a legacy it was. The flags here at half-staff. People still gathering here in the just after dawn light at the supreme court. Justice Ruth Ginsberg one of those Americans and there aren't many really who, through her brilliant intellect able to understand the bedrock constitutional ideals, equality and liberty. Born into a very different America where liberty and basic opportunity and human dignity for women looked very, very different than they do today, and that change came about in large part because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her character, her intellect, her fierce determination to see that words equality and liberty made real for Americans changed America. Overnight crowds gathered on the step of the supreme court to mourn the passing of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 87 years old. So many young people there saying good-bye to a most improbable pop icon. Reporter: Ginsburg dealt with complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer and spent her last moments surrounded by family at her home in Washington, D.C. Tributes pouring in overnight. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi writing, every woman and girl and therefore every family in America has benefited from her brilliance. Bill Clinton, the president who appointed her, saying, her landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union. Ginsburg's life was astonishing. Justice Ginsburg -- Reporter: Barely five feet tall, a diminutive woman who fought through barriers of discrimination and became a giant of learn law and American life. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks. Reporter: The notorious rbg she came to be known by a younger generation, only the second named to the supreme court serving for more than a quarter century. Her path to the highest court in the land was not easy as one of the few women at Harvard law school she faced discrimination after graduating from Columbia in the 1950s. She was one of nine women in a class of 500. She was tied for first in her class, and the big New York City law firms just weren't hiring women. Reporter: So Ginsburg turned to civil rights law and she engineered a brilliant legal strategy arguing and winning five cases before the supreme court fighting discrimination against women in the workplace and elsewhere in society. Ginsburg went on to serve as a federal appeals court judge in the nation's capital until that life changing nomination when she went on to serve as a federal appeals court judge. I am proud to nominate for associate justice of the supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Reporter: The senate confirmed her in a sweeping 96-3 vote and she quickly began making her mark in historic cases including the 1996 case which struck down the male only admission policy at the Virginia military institute opening the door for women to study there. I know that there were some people who did not react well to the change, and my response to this was wait and see. Reporter: While on the supreme court justice Ginsberg was a consistently liberal voice on issues like voting rights and abortion. This is something central to a woman's life, to her dignity. It's a decision that she must Reporter: She lived her ideals too, becoming the first supreme court justice to perform a same sex ceremony. Justice Ginsberg won the respect of many conservatives with her grasp of the law and her forcefully crafted opinions. Her fierce dissent echoed across the country, from her fitness routines to her famous collar she would wear in court. With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg an era comes to a close where liberals and Progressives in America look to this court to help work social change. That is likely over. What the next era looks like will be very different one way or another but first there will be a battle for it. Guys. Terry Moran for us there, thank you so much.

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