Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg, Ruth (Joan) Bader

Ruth (Joan) Bader Ginsburg, 1933–, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1993–), b. Brooklyn, N.Y. A graduate (1954) of Cornell, she attended Harvard Law School, then transferred to Columbia Law School, graduating in 1959. She clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, taught at Rutgers Law School (1963–72), and became (1972) the first woman tenured professor at Columbia. During the 1970s, as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project, she argued a series of cases before the Supreme Court that strengthened constitutional safeguards of sexual equality; she has been called the "Thurgood Marshall of women's rights." In 1980 President Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she displayed a belief in judicial restraint and took a position between sharply defined liberal and conservative factions. Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993 to replace Byron White, Ginsburg has continued to act as a centrist, eschewing judicial activism.

See L. Hirshman, Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (2015).

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Selected full-text books and articles

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions By Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel Chelsea House, vol.5, 1997
Librarian's tip: Includes "Ruth Bader Ginsburg"
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "The Notorious RBG" By Epstein, Nadine Moment, Vol. 40, No. 3, May-June 2015
Affirmative Action as an International Human Rights Dialogue By Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Brookings Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter 2000
The Women's Liberation Movement in America By Kathleen C. Berkeley Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-)" begins on p. 124
Equality and Choice: Sex Equality Perspectives on Reproductive Rights in the Work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Siegel, Reva B Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2013
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Equal Protection Clause: 1970-80 By Williams, Wendy W Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2013
#Jointhedissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Hobby Lobby Effect By Eversley, Lauren R Albany Law Review, Vol. 79, No. 1, Fall 2015
Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations By Norman Vieira; Leonard Gross Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 18 "The New Nominees: Ginsburg and Kennedy" and Chap. 22 "Judge Ginsburg: A Democrat Faces the Confirmation Process"
The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution By Tinsley E. Yarbrough Oxford University Press, 2000
A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Metzger, Gillian E.; Gluck, Abbe R Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2013
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