Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993 until her death in September 2020. As the second woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg used her 27 years as chief justice to stand up for gender equality.  Prior to President Bill Clinton appointing her to the office in 1993, she had been on the U.S. Court of Appeals since 1980, appointed to that role by President Jimmy Carter. She had long fought for women’s rights since her days as a young mother at Harvard Law School.

Bader was survived by her children Jane C. Ginsburg and son, James Steven Ginsburg

Cause of death

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, had overcome four bouts with pancreatic, lung, and colon cancer dating back two decades.

In 1999, Ginsburg was diagnosed with colon cancer, the first of her five bouts with cancer. She underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Nearly a decade after her first bout with cancer, Ginsburg again underwent surgery on February 5, 2009, this time for pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg’s next hospitalization helped her detect another round of cancer. On November 8, 2018, Ginsburg fell in her office at the Supreme Court, fracturing three ribs, for which she was hospitalized.

CT scan of her ribs following her fall showed cancerous nodules in her lungs. On December 21, Ginsburg underwent a left-lung lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to remove the nodules.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Profile Summary

Full Name Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Date of Birth  March 15, 1933
Occupation Lawyer, Jurist
Marital Status Divorced
No. of Children 2
Date of Death September 18, 2020
Age of Death 87
Cause of Death cancerous nodules, Colon Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, fracturing three ribs


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