Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died At The Age Of 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died At The Age Of 87

Ginsburg had served on the Supreme Court since 1993.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. The Supreme Court announced the news on Friday, Sept. 18, saying she had passed away earlier that day due to complications related to "metastatic pancreas cancer." She was 87-years-old.

Ginsburg was first appointed to the Supreme court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and has emerged as a progressive voice throughout her tenure, even as she was diagnosed with multiple cancers over the years. A fighter for women’s rights, Ginsburg has been arguing for equality for women under the law since the 1970s, when she worked as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s. She famously once said that there will only be enough women on the Supreme Court "when there are nine," and was a staunch supporter of the equal rights amendment (or ERA) to the Constitution that would ensure equal rights regardless of sex or gender.

"Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague," said Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in a statement, per The New York Times. "Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice."

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