Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead At 87

Angelina Astic, Copy Editor

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18 at the age of 87 after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer. 

Ginsburg served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Known affectionately as the Notorious R.B.G, Ginsburg defended and voted in favor of left-leaning issues such as voting rights, affirmative action, women’s reproductive rights, health care, same-sex marriage, LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality. 

Appointed by President William Clinton in 1993 to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg spent over 27 years on the court. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg in 1980 as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until she was elevated to the Supreme Court.

During her time at Harvard Law School, Ginsburg was one out of nine women in her class of approximately 500 men. Justice Ginsburg later transferred to Columbia Law School and earned her law degree as first in her class along with becoming the first woman on two major law reviews. 

A press release was issued by the Supreme Court for immediate release on Sep. 18. “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic statue. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr said. “Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we know her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

In remembrance of Ginsburg, the Supreme Court will most likely continue the tradition of paying tribute to the Justice by laying a black wool crepe on her seat and bench on the court. 

The press statement also announced that a private interment service would be held for Justice Ginsburg at Arlington National Ceremony in Arlington, Virginia. There have been no announcements for a televised memorial service.