Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (1933-)

In 1993, President Clinton appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg is best known for her passionate advocacy of equal rights for women. In light of her pioneering efforts in the field, she has been called the “Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law.” Not surprisingly, it is in the area of sex discrimination that Ginsburg has had the greatest influence on education law.

Early Years

Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother stressed the importance of education and played a formative role in Ruth's upbringing. Tragically, Ginsburg's mother died the day before her daughter's high school graduation ceremony.

The future justice attended college at Cornell University, where she ...

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