Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Born:March 15, 1933 (age 87)
Career:U.S. Supreme Court, 1993-present
U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit, 1980-1993
Education:B.A., Cornell University
L.L.B., Columbia Law School

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and the first Jewish female justice.

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She received her B.A. in government from Cornell University in 1954 and her LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1959.

From 1960 to 1961, Ginsburg served as a clerk for Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. From 1961 to 1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. From 1963 to 1972, she was a professor of law at Rutgers. In 1970 she co-founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women's rights. From 1972 to 1980, she taught at Columbia, where she became the first tenured woman and co-authored the first law school casebook on sex discrimination. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She served as their general counsel from 1973 to 1980 and on their National Board of Directors from 1974 to 1980. In 1977, she became a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Ginsburg was appointed a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, and served there until joining the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.