Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87, from “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.” She had dealt with numerous health issues over the years, including surgeries and treatments for cancer. Ginsburg (aka “Notorious RBG”) was an icon – a fierce defender of women’s rights throughout her career as both a lawyer and a Supreme Court justice.
She was the second woman ever appointed to the Court in 1993. And served on the Court for some of its most significant cases, including in 1996 when she wrote the majority opinion striking down the all-male admission policy at Virginia Military Institute. And in 2015 when she voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
She was the leader of the Court’s liberal wing, and her vacancy will give President Trump the chance to name his third SCOTUS appointment just weeks before the presidential election. Chief Justice John Roberts said “today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her – a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”