Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. Ginsburg received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. After marrying her husband, Martin Ginsburg, she attended Harvard University in hopes of receiving a law degree. Unfortunately, her husband contracted cancer and after his recovery, their family relocated to New York, where Ginsburg graduated with a law degree from Columbia Law School. After teaching at two law schools and being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Since then, she has used her degree to gain equal rights for various groups, including women and the LGBT community in the U.S.
Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, into a low-income family in which neither parent attended college. Her mother, Celia Bader, was a young woman who chose to work instead of pursuing higher education for the sake of her brother’s education. Her sacrifice, as well as her teachings on the importance of quality education and independence, inspired Ginsburg in later years. Ginsburg once said, “Neither of my parents had the means to attend college, but both taught me to love learning, to care about people, and to work hard for whatever I wanted or believed in.” She makes this evident through her personal accomplishments in education and her fights to support equal rights.