Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Left

Voting Record on Issues:

  • Same-sex marriage: in favor of (left)
  • Obamacare: in favor of (left)
  • Gun Control: in favor of (left)
  • Abortion: in favor of (left)
  • Environment: in favor of (left)

Appointed by: Bill Clinton

Born in Brooklyn, New York on March 15, 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was raised in a rather low-income, working-class neighborhood. She grew up as a Judaist. Her mother taught her the value of independence and a good education. Ginsburg received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and earned her LL.B. at Columbia Law School. Throughout the school years, she encountered gender discrimination; this continued even after graduation when she was searching for employment. She married law student Martin D. Ginsburg the same year she graduated with her B.A. at Cornell University, and together, they had one child.

Ginsburg believed that the laws were gender-blind and that all genders were allowed to have equal rights, so in 1971, she developed the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1980, she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter. There, she served until President Bill Clinton nominated her to fill in the position of Justice Byron White. In the end, she was approved by the Senate by a 96-3 decision.