On numerous occasions, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been recognized as one of the world’s most powerful women. She is only the second female Justice ever to serve in the United States Supreme court, a feat she achieved after being appointed by former United States President Bill Clinton. She took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She also achieved another incredible feat by being the first female permanent professor at Columbia University. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also the first woman to have been on two major law reviews: the Harvard law review and Columbia law review.
Today she is very well celebrated for her huge success in various sections of Law, although growing up and achieving the feats was never as easy and smooth as they appear. Ruth was born during the time of gender inequality in the United States, she had to battle against gender barrier in other to achieve her set goals. Today, every woman in the United States is indebted to her for her relentless efforts in the pursuit to achieve gender equality.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography, How Old is She?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme court of the United States of America. She was born on March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York City to Jewish parents Celia Bader and Nathan Bader. Her mother Celia Bader was Ruth’s role model while growing up but sadly, she died a day before Ruth graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn.
Ruth studied at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1954. After she earned her first degree, she got married to Martin Ginsburg, a law student she met while studying at Cornell University. Martin Ginsburg was conscripted into the Army in 1954, the couple then moved to Oklahoma. After Martin finished service in the military, they both went back to law school. While at Harvard law school, Ruth had to perform the role of a mother; following the birth of their first child Jane in 1955. She was one of nine female students in her class which comprised of over five hundred male students. Martin graduated from law school and secured a job in New York. Ruth joined her husband in New York and had to transfer to Columbia law school in New York. Her transfer to Columbia made her the first woman to be on two major law reviews, one at Harvard and the other at Columbia. She graduated joint top in her class at Columbia law school in 1959.
Ruth found it difficult to secure a job after graduating from Columbia law school, she was rejected by several law firms even with her outstanding grades, despite having a strong recommendation from professor turned Dean of Harvard law school, Albert Martin Sacks. Her rejection was owing to the fact that she was a female in a man’s world. She was initially rejected by Judge Edmund Palmieri of the U.S. district court for the southern district of New York, but following persuasion and threat from Columbia law professor never to recommend another Columbia student to him again if he didn’t give Ruth the job, Palmieri then agreed to hire Ruth as a clerk.
After she worked as a clerk for Palmieri for two years, she worked as a research associate and also associate director of the Columbia law school project on the international procedure. Between 1963 and 1972, Ruth taught as a professor at Rutgers University Law School. While teaching at Rutgers University law school, she was being paid lesser than her male colleagues because firstly, she was a female and secondly, because her husband had a well-paid job. As at this period, Ruth was one of the very few female law professors in the United States. During one of her research in Sweden, Ruth was moved to see the number of women who were working freely without gender intimidations. It inspired her into co-finding the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, which was the first law journal that concentrated solely on women’s rights in the United States. Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first female permanent professor to teach at Columbia Law school when she took up the job between 1972 to 1980. She also co-authored the first law school casebook on sex discrimination.
On June 30, 1980, after Judge Harold Leventhal, she served as the Judge of the United States court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated to the office by Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States of America. And on August 9, 1993, she was succeeded by Judge David Tatel.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme court of the United States, following Justice Byron White’s decision to step down from the position. Ruth Bader Ginsburg assumed the office of the Associate Justice of the Supreme court of the United States on August 5, 1993, and she is still serving in the office till date.
Aside from her position as an Associate Justice of the Supreme court of the United States, Ruth is also an author. She has written and co-authored several books: She co-authored civil procedure in Sweden with Anders Bruzelius in 1965 while on research duties in Sweden, she is also an author of a Selective Survey of English Language Studies on Scandinavian Law in 1970, Workways of The United States Supreme Court in 2001 and My Own Word in 2016 which she co-authored with Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams.
A biography film based on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is due to be released on November 9, 2018. The film is to be directed by Mimi Leader and produced by Robert W. Cort. It would feature stars like Felicity Jones who would cast as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Armie Hammer would play the role of Ruth’s late husband Martin Ginsburg and finally in the cast is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who will play as herself. The movie is titled On the Basis of Sex.
Who is Her Husband?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was married to Martin Ginsburg, he lived from June 10, 1932, to June 27, 2010. He died from cancer just a couple of days after he turned 78. The couple got married in 1954 and have two kids together, Jane and James Ginsburg. Martin specialized in taxation law while he was still alive. He earned a degree from Cornell University where he first met Ruth and went to Harvard law school same as Ruth.