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Ruth Bader Ginsberg Boldly Faces Challenges

Ginsberg Ruth Bader Ginsberg appears to flourish in the face of her challenges. The Supreme Court Justice recently had surgery and was declared cancer-free, according to The New York Post on Jan. 11, 2019.

Ruth Bader was born on March 15th, 1933, in Brooklyn, to a father who was a furrier and a mother who worked in a garment Factory.

Her mother installed the love of education in her. Ginsberg displayed her love for her family by forgoing her education to finance her brother’s college expenses proving her dedication to her brother.

Her mother profoundly influenced her to excel at James Madison High School before giving her life to cancer the day before Ginsberg High School graduation. Ginsberg’s academic success continued throughout her years at Cornell University where in 1954 she graduated top of her class.

Ginsberg married her husband, Martin in 1954. She put her education on hold to start a family having her first child in 1954. Her husband was drafted shortly after, their baby’s birth. He served for two years of military service. Upon his return, she enrolled at Harvard Law.

While at Harvard, Ginsberg tackled such challenges of motherhood and being in a male-dominated school where she was only one of nine females in a class of 500. Facing gender-based discrimination from even the highest level of authority she was chasing for taking a man role Harvard Law, being the first female to serve as a member of the Harvard Law review.

Her struggles did not tear her anyway from exceeding with her academic goals, even in 1956, when she was diagnosed with cancer; her first year of law school.

Ginsberg took on the challenge of keeping up-to-date with studies while maintaining her position at the top of her class.Ginsberg

After recovering from cancer, her husband graduated from Harvard and moved to New York City and accepted a position at a law firm there.

Having one more year of law school left Ginsberg transfer to Columbia Law School, where she also served on their law review. In 1959, she graduated top in her class from Columbia Law.

Dealing with the gender discrimination women faced in the workplace in the 1960s she had difficulties finding a job until a favorite professor hired Ginsberg as a clerk. She worked for Judge Palmieri for two years before moving on.

After this, job offers came for several law firms, but always at a much lower salary compared to her male counterparts. Instead, she joined the Columbia project on International Silver procedures.

Ginsberg accepted a job as a professor after returning to the states at Rodger University Law School in 1963. She left there to teach at Columbia in 1972, where she became the first female Professor to earn tenure.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsberg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, she served there until 1993, when Bill Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Nothing can stop the 83-year-old Justice, presented her position on cases even when she was undergoing chemotherapy, during December 2018. Moreover, when her husband passed away in 2010 she did not miss a day of work.

Ginsberg is a force to be reckoned with, and anyone who doubts her capabilities to complete her mission effectively needs only to look at her record. She is still amongst the most avid questioners on the bench today to engage within oral arguments.

Written by Trey Dingle
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


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