Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Timeline of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering figure in the legal world, serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her passing in 2020. Renowned for her unwavering dedication to gender equality and civil rights, she left an indelible mark on American jurisprudence through her groundbreaking opinions and advocacy for social justice.


March 15, 1933


September 18, 2020


New York City, United States


Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 1959 as one of the few women in her class. After graduating from Harvard, she completed her legal education at Columbia Law School, where she was also on the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review as a first-year student in 1959


15 March 1933

Birth of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York City. She would grow up to become a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and civil rights and liberties.


23 June 1959

Graduation from Columbia Law School

Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School on June 23, 1959, at the top of her class, after transferring from Harvard Law School.


01 January 1963

Became a Professor at Rutgers Law School

In 1963, Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her career as a professor at Rutgers Law School, where she was one of only a few female law professors in the United States at the time.


11 March 1970

Co-Founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter

In 1970, Ruth Bader Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women's rights.


01 January 1972

Founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU

Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972, a pivotal moment in her legal career advocating for gender equality.


18 June 1980

Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals

On June 30, 1980, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a tenure that lasted until 1993.


22 June 1993

Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her judicial oath on August 10, 1993, becoming the second female justice to be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. President Bill Clinton nominated her. 


14 May 1996

Landmark Decision in United States v. Virginia

In 1996, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, holding that the male-only admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute was unconstitutional.


09 September 2009

Received the American Bar Association's Highest Honor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awarded the ABA Medal by the American Bar Association on September 9, 2009, recognizing her for her lifetime of work advancing gender equality and justice.


18 September 2020

Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020, due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, at her home in Washington, D.C.

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