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The Life Of Supreme Court Justice And Feminist Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Photos

Wife, mother, justice for the highest court in the land, and a self-proclaimed "flaming feminist litigator," Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court for more than 25 years before dying Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87.

Posted on September 18, 2020, at 8:37 p.m. ET

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An official portrait of Ginsburg while she was on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1980.

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Ruth Bader at the age of 2 on Aug. 2, 1935.

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Fifteen-year-old Bader delivers a sermon as camp rabbi at Camp Che-Na-Wah in Minerva, New York, 1948.

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Bader while a senior at Cornell University, December 1953.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and husband Martin Ginsburg at Artillery Village in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where Martin was stationed in 1954.

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Ruth, Martin, and their daughter, Jane, in 1958.

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Ruth and Martin at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, circa 1972.

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Ginsburg in 1977.

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Ginsburg while a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, 1977.

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Ruth with Martin, Jane, and son James, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, December 1980.

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President Bill Clinton and Ginsburg at the White House in June 1993, ahead of a news conference announcing her as a Supreme Court nominee.

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Ginsburg makes the rounds on Capitol Hill in support of her nomination in June 1993.

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Ginsburg in her chambers.

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Supreme Court nominee Ginsburg is sworn in during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in July 1993.

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Supreme Court nominee Ginsburg greets Sens. Dianne Feinstein (center) and Carol Moseley Braun before her Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, July 1993.

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Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan escorts federal appeals judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Hill on June 16, 1993, in Washington.

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Chief justice William Rehnquist administers the oath of office to Ginsburg as president Clinton looks on, Aug. 10, 1993.

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Ginsburg (center left) and justice Antonin Scalia (center right) pose with the cast of Ariadne auf Naxos after appearing as extras during a performance at the Washington National Opera in January 1994.

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Vice president Al Gore is sworn in for his second term by Ginsburg on Jan. 20, 1997.

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Ginsburg and her husband attend a gala in October 2000.

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Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor in Statuary Hall at the Capitol ahead of an address to the Congressional Women's Caucus, March 2001.

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Ginsburg in her chambers at the Supreme Court, August 2002.

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Ginsburg at the University of Pennsylvania commencement ceremony where she received an honorary degree in May 2007.

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Ginsburg at a discussion with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series The Jewish Americans in 2008. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

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Ginsburg and her fellow justices pose for an official portrait in September 2009.

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Ginsburg is warmly greeted by then-president Obama before his address at a joint session of Congress in 2009 (right) and delivering the State of the Union address in 2011 (left).

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Ginsburg is honored with the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association's highest honor, in August 2010.

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Diane Sawyer interviews Ginsburg and former justice Sandra Day O'Connor during the Women's Conference in October 2010.

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Ginsburg greets fellow Harvard honorary degree recipient Plácido Domingo at commencement exercises in May 2011.

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Ginsburg speaks at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in November 2012.

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Ginsburg holds a copy of her book My Own Words in September 2016.

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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington, July 31, 2014.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center on Feb. 10, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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