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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Birthday: March 15, 1933

Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University with a Phi Beta Kappa and attended both Harvard and Columbia Law schools. She served on Law Reviews in both schools and was a Kent Scholar at Columbia. In spite of graduating in the top of her class, she had a hard time in 1959 getting a job as a lawyer because she was a woman. She finally got a job in a clerkship, then went on to teach at Rutgers and Columbia Law schools, becoming the first tenured female professor at Columbia.

She has always fought against gender discrimination, creating and leading the ACLU's (American Civil Liberties Union) Women's Rights Project. After arguing six cases on women's rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, she became the second woman appointed to that Court.

"I wanted to be a part of a general human rights agenda. Civil liberties are an essential part of the overall human rights concern -- the equality of all people and the ability to be free."

Ruth Ginsburg was named the "happy camper" of the Supreme Court by the New York Times for her enjoyment of the law and all who serve in it.


  • Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell
  • Harvard Law School Review, Columbia Law Review, Kent Scholar
  • Nominated by President Carter to United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - 1980
  • Nominated by President Clinton as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States - 1993

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