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Remembering the Notorious RBG

September 23rd, 2020 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Portrait by Bijou Karman

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a prominent force for women’s rights long before her appointment to the US Supreme Court in 1993. Ginsburg attended Cornell University, Harvard Law School, and Columbia University, but despite having top grades, she could not find work as a lawyer after graduating and turned to teaching instead. As a professor of law, Ginsburg co-founded the first law journal in the US dedicated to gender equality issues, and later became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia Law School.

After arguing her first case in the US Supreme Court, Ginsburg gained attention from the American Civil Liberties Union. She founded the ACLU’s Women’s Right’s Project and served on the national board of the ACLU. In 1980, President Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, before she finally made it to the Supreme Court in 1993. RBG had an interesting and impactful life, populated with multiple battles with cancer that she never let slow her down. She has been an extremely important part of the fight for gender equality and women’s rights, and a role model for many; may her memory be a blessing.

Learn more about her life in the biopic On the Basis of Sex or the documentary RBG, or take a look at one of the following books :

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