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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served on the United States Supreme Court since her appointment by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993. Only the second woman appointed to the high court, Ginsburg never missed a day of oral arguments due to medical treatment until a brief hospitalization in 2014 and then again in 2019, following surgery for lung cancer. Known for being a champion of women's rights, she also fought cases on gender equality and pay discrimination.</br></br>Here, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a photo in her chambers in Washington, Aug. 23, 2013.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg was born on March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. Here she is pictured in a high school yearbook.
  • Ruth Bader's 1953 engagement photograph, while a senior at Cornell University.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband Martin Ginburg pose for an undated photo. While at Harvard University, Martin was diagnosed with a rare form of testicular cancer and underwent treatment. After his recovery, he got a job in Manhattan and Ruth transferred to Columbia University Law School.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Cornell University and Harvard Law School before receiving her law degree from Columbia Law School. After spending time as a clerk under a U.S. District Judge and then working at the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, she taught law at Rutgers University and then Columbia Law School. Here, Ginsburg sits for a portrait in New York in 1972, when she was named a professor at Columbia Law School.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954 and has a son, James, and daughter, Jane. Here, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, poses for a photo with her husband Martin and children, Jane and James, at Abu Simbel in 1985 during a family vacation to Egypt.
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  • Justice Ginsburg was appointed as a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.
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  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg shakes hands with Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun as Sen. Dianne Feinstein watches prior to Ginsburg's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, July 20, 1993, in Washington, D.C.
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  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist, right, administers the oath of office to newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as President Bill Clinton looks on, Aug. 10 1993. Ginsburg became the 107th Supreme Court justice and the second woman to serve on the high court.
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center, poses with her family at the Court in Washington, Oct. 1, 1993. Adults from left, son-in-law George Spera, husband Martin, daughter Jane Ginsburg, and son James Ginsburg. The judge's grandchildren, Paul Spera and Clara Spera, hold her hands.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins her fellow Justices for a class photo in 1993. Front row, from left, Sandra Day O'Connor, Harry Blackmun, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia. Back row, from left, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and Ginsburg.
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ride an elephant in Rajasthan, India, in 1994. Ginsburg struck up a friendship with Scalia during their time together on the D.C. Circuit court despite their opposition on many issues. Fellow New Yorkers, they shared interests in opera and travel.
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured with husband Martin Ginsburg, June 8, 1998. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. The couple had been married for 56 years. "I certainly wouldn't be here today were it not for Marty because he made me feel that I was better than I thought I was," she said at an event in January 2018. "He had a great sense of humor and another very important strength, he was a wonderful cook."
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  • Justices of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pose for a portrait in Statuary Hall, March 28, 2001, surrounded by statues of men at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits in her chambers at the Supreme Court, Aug. 7, 2002, in Washington.
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  • Diane Sawyer greets Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference 2010 on Oct. 26, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif.<br><br>Gender equality was one of the common themes in the biggest cases that Ginsburg addressed while on the Court, through battles about pay discrimination and gender discrimination.
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  • President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as fellow Justices Anthony Kennedy, left, and Stephen Breyer, right, stand by, before the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill, Jan. 25, 2011, in Washington.
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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, prepares to take a picture in her Capitol office with Supreme Court Justices, from left, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor, before a reception in Washington, March 18, 2015.<br><br>At an event in 2017, Ginsburg said, "It makes a great difference" to have three women on the bench. "We are one-third of the court," she said, referring to herself and fellow justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "And we look like we are here to stay."
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  • Justice Ginsburg has reportedly officiated at several same-sex wedding ceremonies, both before and after the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalized the unions in all 50 states. <br><br> Here, Spencer Stout and his husband Dustin Reeser pose with a cutout poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a rally in Salt Lake City after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S., June 26, 2015.
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  • Ginsburg has received a surge of attention in pop-culture after being dubbed "Notorious R.B.G." on a Tumblr blog started by a law student at New York University. Her popularity has led to multiple books, biopics and a 2018 documentary on her life called "RBG." This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performing her exercises intended to build up her bone density in a scene from "RBG."
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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits with "RBG" filmmakers Betsy West, left, and Julie Cohen, right, during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah.
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears as a speaker of the David Berg Distinguished Speakers Series held at the New York Academy of Medicine, Dec. 15, 2018, in New York. NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg led a question-and-answer session about Ginsburg's life and quarter century on the Supreme Court.
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  • Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends a ceremony where she received a SUNY Honorary Degree from the University at Buffalo, Aug. 26, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y.<br><br>This was Justice Ginsburg's first public appearance since the announcement that she had been successfully treated for a localized, malignant tumor on her pancreas. Ginsburg had previously been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009, colon cancer in 1999 and doctors removed part of her lung due to cancerous nodules in 2018.
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  • After succumbing to her long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died surrounded by her family. Hundreds of tributes poured out via social media, while others laid flowers and lit candles in her honor outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. As the second woman to sit on the highest court, she gave inspiration to many women and young girls.
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