Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has passed away at age 87.
On Friday, SCOTUS announced that the jurist died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. 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.”
The court said Ginsburg died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C. A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ginsburg earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and attended Harvard Law School before transferring to Columbia Law School.
She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and at her alum Columbia, where she was one of the few women to teach civil procedure.
During her legal career, Ginsburg advocated for gender equality and women’s rights, and co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated by Judge Harold Leventhal after his death.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, making her the second woman to serve on America’s highest court.
When Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired from SCOTUS in 2006, Ginsburg was the only woman on the court until Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment by President Barack Obama in 2009. The next year, Obama appointed Justice Elena Kagan.
Throughout her tumultuous health journey, Ginsburg had suffered from five bouts of cancer, and most recently discovered lesions on her liver.
Despite this, she said in a statement that chemotherapy was yielding “positive results” and that she was able to maintain an active life.
“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in July. “I remain fully able to do that.”
Ginsburg is survived by her two children, Jane and James, whom she shared with husband Martin Ginsburg, who passed away in 2010.
The iconic justice also leaves behind four grandchildren.
May her legacy live on.