Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in the US, died at the age of 87 at her home in Washington. She was considered a champion of women’s rights, and a feminist icon.

Ginsburg was suffering from metastatic pancreatic cancer. In July, she said that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Ginsburg lost her battle to cancer and just over six weeks before Election Day. 

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Her health issues included five bouts with cancer beginning in 1999. That resulted in broken ribs, insertion of a stent to clear a blocked artery, and hospitalisations due to other ailments after she turned 75 reported the Hindustan Times. 

What You Should Know

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87.
  • She was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
  • Ginsburg was the second woman to serve as a US Supreme Court Justice.
  • She was a known women’s rights advocate.

Mourning her demise, US Chief Justice John Roberts said that the nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. “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,” said he.

Hillary Clinton who is an American politician, diplomat, and lawyer also took to Twitter, to mourne Ginsburg’s death. She wrote, “Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”

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Reportedly, she was nominated as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in the year 1993, by the then US President Bill Clinton. A known advocate of women’s rights, Ginsberg ordered the Virginia Military Institute to accept women or give up its state funding, in a 1996 ruling. 

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” Ginsburg said in the 2018 documentary RGB.

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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

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