Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal legend and feminist icon on the nation’s highest court, died Friday. She was 87.
Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the court said.
Ginsburg’s passing signals a new battle over the future of the high court, just weeks before the presidential election on November 3. The Court already has as conservative majority, thanks in part to President Donald Trump’s nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Nominated to the high court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, the late justice championed abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and gender equality in her rulings. Later on in her career, as her status as the de facto leader of the liberal wing solidified and as her dissenting opinions grew more pointed, Ginsburg acquired the affectionate nickname “the Notorious RBG.” In 2018, Ginsburg participated in a documentary of the same name, while her life was dramatized the biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”
Her health was a longtime concern among liberals. Ginsburg had announced in July that she was facing a “recurrence of cancer.” In addition to pancreatic cancer, Ginsburg had battled colon cancer and tumors in her lungs.
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