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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (A Study)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (A Study)
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Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Nelson Shanks, 23 Dec 1937 - 28 Aug 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 15 Mar 1933 - 18 Sep 2020
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 54.9 × 40.3 cm (21 5/8 × 15 7/8")
Frame: 74.9 × 59.1 × 5.1 cm (29 1/2 × 23 1/4 × 2")
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Female
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge\Justice\US Supreme Court Justice
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Annette P. Cumming
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court upon her appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She graduated at the top of her class at both Cornell University (1954) and Columbia Law School (1959). Yet, for a long time, she struggled to find a job in the male-dominated field of law. In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. As its director, she successfully argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980.
As a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg continued her fight for women’s rights. In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in a much-publicized case in which the court ruled that as a state supported school, the Virginia Military Institute could no longer deny admission to women.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (n. 1933) se convirtió en la segunda mujer integrante del Tribunal Supremo al ser designada por el presidente Bill Clinton en 1993. Aunque se graduó con los máximos honores de la Universidad de Cornell (1954) y la Escuela de Derecho de Columbia (1959), por un tiempo le fue difícil encontrar empleo en un campo dominado por los hombres. En 1972 cofundó el Proyecto de Derechos de la Mujer de la Unión Estadounidense de Libertades Civiles. Como directora del proyecto, litigó con éxito seis casos de discriminación por género ante el Tribunal Supremo. El presidente Jimmy Carter la designó al Tribunal de Apelaciones para el Distrito de Columbia en 1980.
Como jueza del Tribunal Supremo, Ginsburg ha continuado su batalla por los derechos de la mujer. En 1996 escribió la opinión mayoritaria en un publicitado caso en que el Tribunal decidió que el Instituto Militar de Virginia, en tanto escuela subvencionada con fondos públicos, no podía seguir negando admisión a las mujeres.
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